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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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 
 
  Before  the  expiration  of  thy  time.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  That  which  is  expired;  matter  breathed  forth;  that  which 
  is  produced  by  breathing  out  as  a  sound. 
 
  The  aspirate  ``he,''  which  is  .  .  .  a  gentle 
  expiration.  --G.  Sharp. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  expiration 
  n  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  inhaling  [syn:  {exhalation},  {breathing  out}] 




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