noun Date: 1526 1. a. the last emission of breath ; death b. (1) the act or process of releasing air from the lungs through the nose or mouth ; exhalation (2) the escape of carbon dioxide from the body protoplasm (as through the blood and lungs or by diffusion) 2. the fact of coming to an end or the point at which something ends ; termination

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  • expiration — I noun cessation, close, closing, closure, completion, conclusion, consummation, death, discontinuance, discontinuation, dissolution, dying, end, ending, expiry, exspiratio, finish, limit, period, retirement, running out, stop, stoppage, term,… …   Law dictionary

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  • expiration — Expiration. s. fem. v. Fin d un terme convenu. Il n a plus que six mois pour l expiration de son bail …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • expiration — (èk spi ra sion ; en vers, de cinq syllabes) s. f. 1°   Terme de physiologie. Action par laquelle les poumons expulsent l air qu ils ont inspiré. C est l expiration qui donne naissance à la voix. •   Hales a prouvé qu en supposant 1 200… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • EXPIRATION — n. f. Action d’expirer ou Résultat de cette action. Il se dit, en termes de Physiologie, de l’Action par laquelle les poumons rendent l’air qu’ils ont aspiré. La vie ne peut se soutenir sans l’inspiration et l’expiration. Il se dit aussi, en… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • expiration — An option is a wasting asset; i.e., it has a limited life, usually nine months. At the end of its life, it either becomes worthless (if it is at the money or out of the money), or is automatically exercised for the amount by which it is in the… …   Financial and business terms

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