Expire Ex*pire", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Expired}; p. pr & vb. n. {Expiring}.] [L. expirare, exspirare, expiratum, exspiratum; ex out + spirare to breathe: cf. F. expirer. See {Spirit}.] 1. To breathe out; to emit from the lungs; to throw out from the mouth or nostrils in the process of respiration; -- opposed to {inspire}. [1913 Webster]

Anatomy exhibits the lungs in a continual motion of inspiring and expiring air. --Harvey. [1913 Webster]

This chafed the boar; his nostrils flames expire. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To give forth insensibly or gently, as a fluid or vapor; to emit in minute particles; to exhale; as, the earth expires a damp vapor; plants expire odors. [1913 Webster]

The expiring of cold out of the inward parts of the earth in winter. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. To emit; to give out. [Obs.] --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. To bring to a close; to terminate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Expire the term Of a despised life. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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