Exhaust Ex*haust", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exhausted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Exhausting}.] [L. exhaustus, p. p. of exhaurire; ex out + haurire, haustum, to draw, esp. water; perhaps akin to Icel. asua to sprinkle, pump.] 1. To draw or let out wholly; to drain off completely; as, to exhaust the water of a well; the moisture of the earth is exhausted by evaporation. [1913 Webster]

2. To empty by drawing or letting out the contents; as, to exhaust a well, or a treasury. [1913 Webster]

3. To drain, metaphorically; to use or expend wholly, or till the supply comes to an end; to deprive wholly of strength; to use up; to weary or tire out; to wear out; as, to exhaust one's strength, patience, or resources. [1913 Webster]

A decrepit, exhausted old man at fifty-five. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

4. To bring out or develop completely; to discuss thoroughly; as, to exhaust a subject. [1913 Webster]

5. (Chem.) To subject to the action of various solvents in order to remove all soluble substances or extractives; as, to exhaust a drug successively with water, alcohol, and ether. [1913 Webster]

{Exhausted receiver}. (Physics) See under {Receiver}.

Syn: To spend; consume; tire out; weary. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Exhaust — may refer to:In mathematics: *Proof by exhaustion, proof by examining all individual cases *Exhaustion by compact sets, in analysis, a sequence of compact sets that converges on a given set *Collectively exhaustive, in probability and set theory …   Wikipedia

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  • exhaust — ex·haust vt: to use up or consume entirely: as a: to try all of (available remedies) the applicant has exhaust ed the remedies available in the court of the State U.S. Code b: to bring (a claim) through all available prior levels of review each… …   Law dictionary

  • exhaust — [eg zôst′, igzôst′] vt. [< L exhaustus, pp. of exhaurire, to draw out, exhaust < ex , out + haurire, to draw, drain < IE base * aus > ON ausa] 1. to draw off or let out completely (air, gas, etc.), as from a container 2. to use up;… …   English World dictionary

  • exhaust — [v1] tire or wear out bankrupt, burn out*, conk out*, cripple, debilitate, disable, do in*, drain, draw, enervate, enfeeble, fag, fatigue, frazzle, impoverish, overdo, overexert, overextend, overfatigue, overtire, overwork, peter out*, poop*,… …   New thesaurus

  • Exhaust — Ex*haust , n. (Steam Engine) 1. The steam let out of a cylinder after it has done its work there. [1913 Webster] 2. The foul air let out of a room through a register or pipe provided for the purpose. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exhaust — (v.) 1530s, to draw off or out, to use up completely, from L. exhaustus, pp. of exhaurire draw off, take away, use up, from ex off (see EX (Cf. ex )) + haurire to draw up (as water), from PIE *aus to draw water. Of resources, etc., from 1630s.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • exhaust — vb 1 drain, *deplete, impoverish, bankrupt Analogous words: sap, undermine, *weaken: consume, absorb, engross, *monopolize: dissipate, disperse, dispel, *scatter Contrasted words: conserve, preserve, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • exhaust — ► VERB 1) tire out completely. 2) use up (resources or reserves) completely. 3) explore (a subject) thoroughly. 4) expel (gas or steam) from an engine or other machine. ► NOUN 1) waste gases or air expelled from an engine or other machine. 2) …   English terms dictionary

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