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Pronunciation:  `ekspu'reyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of expelling air from the lungs
  2. [n]  euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing"
  3. [n]  a coming to an end of a contract period; "the expiry of his driver's license"

EXPIRATION is a 10 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: breathing out, departure, exhalation, exit, expiry, going, loss, passing, release, termination
 See Also: blow, breath, breathing, cough, coughing, death, decease, end, ending, external respiration, huffing, puff, puffing, respiration, snorting, ventilation, wind



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ex`pi*ra"tion\, n. [L. expiratio,exspiratio: cf. F.
expiration. See {Expire}.]
1. The act of expiring; as:
   (a) (Physiol.) The act or process of breathing out, or
       forcing air from the lungs through the nose or mouth;
       as, respiration consists of inspiration and
       expiration; -- opposed to {inspiration}.
   (b) Emission of volatile matter; exhalation.

             The true cause of cold is an expiration from the
             globe of the earth.               --Bacon.
   (c) The last emission of breath; death. ``The groan of
       expiration.'' --Rambler.
   (d) A coming to a close; cessation; extinction;
       termination; end.

             Before the expiration of thy time. --Shak.

2. That which is expired; matter breathed forth; that which
   is produced by breathing out, as a sound.

         The aspirate ``he,'' which is . . . a gentle
         expiration.                           --G. Sharp.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: exhaling; giving off carbon dioxide.
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