Expiration 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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Before the expiration of thy time. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is expired; matter breathed forth; that which is produced by breathing out, as a sound. [1913 Webster]

The aspirate ``he,'' which is . . . a gentle expiration. --G. Sharp. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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