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expiration

Noun

1 a coming to an end of a contract period; "the expiry of his driver's license" [syn: termination, expiry]
2 euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing" [syn: passing, loss, departure, exit, going, release]
3 the act of expelling air from the lungs [syn: exhalation, breathing out]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. The act of expiring
  2. 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.
  3. Emission of volatile matter; exhalation.
  4. The last emission of breath; death.
  5. A coming to a close; cessation; extinction; termination; end.
  6. That which is expired; matter breathed forth; that which is produced by breathing out, as a sound.

Translations

The act of expiring
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
Emission of volatile matter; exhalation
The last emission of breath; death
A coming to a close; cessation; extinction; termination; end
That which is expired; matter breathed forth; that which is produced by breathing out

French

Etymology

From exspiratio.

Noun

fr-noun f
  1. expiration

Extensive Definition

Expiration may refer to:
expiration in French: Expiration

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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