American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or an instance of exhausting.
- n. The state of being exhausted; extreme fatigue: The runner collapsed from exhaustion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of exhausting, or of drawing out or draining off; the act of emptying completely of the contents.
- n. The state of being exhausted or emptied, or of being deprived of strength or energy.
- n. Specifically In geometry, a method formerly used for demonstrating the properties of curvilinear areas. Two such areas, as P and Q, being given, it is shown that there is a series of rectilinear constructions, x1, x2, etc., all less than P, but each after the first differing from it by less than half as much as the one preceding it in the series. Suppose there is another series of constructions, y1, y2, etc., related in the same way to Q. Then, if x1:y1 = x2:y2 = etc., it will follow that x1:y1 = P:Q. The standard example of this method is the second proposition of the twelfth book of Euclid.
- n. In logic, a method of proof in which all the arguments tending to an opposite conclusion are brought forward, discussed, and proved untenable or absurd, thus leaving the original proposition established by the exclusion of every alternative.
- n. In physics, the act of removing the air from a receiver, as by an air-pump, or the extent to which the process has been carried.
- n. In chem., the process of completely extracting from a substance whatever is removable by a given solvent, or the state of being thus completely deprived of certain soluble matters.
- n. The point of complete depletion, of the state of being used up.
- n. Supreme tiredness; having exhausted energy.
- n. dated, chemistry The removal (by percolation etc) of an active medicinal constituent from plant material
- n. dated, physics The removal of all air from a vessel (the creation of a vacuum)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of draining out or draining off; the act of emptying completely of the contents.
- n. The state of being exhausted or emptied; the state of being deprived of strength or spirits.
- n. (Math.) An ancient geometrical method in which an exhaustive process was employed. It was nearly equivalent to the modern method of limits.
- n. extreme fatigue
- n. the act of exhausting something entirely
- n. serious weakening and loss of energy
“It is not only in _general_ nervous exhaustion, however, that electric baths exercise this salutary influence, but in the condition known as _cerebral exhaustion_ likewise.”
“I now must collapse in exhaustion from a very painful and quick labor once the epidural wore off (I let it go off after she successfully flipped).”
“- Joanne is doing a bloody brilliant job, in fact but there's going to come a point when even a publicist like Joanne, loyal as she is, is going to start asking exactly what the term exhaustion means.”
A Traitor to Memory
“Without going at length into so wide a topic as the exercise of faculties and its reactive effects, it will be sufficient here to call to mind that every faculty (when in a state of normal activity) is most capable at the outset; and that the change in its condition, which ends in what we term exhaustion, begins simultaneously with its exercise.”
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“The exhaustion is so debilitating that from 1965 to 2006, TIME magazine reported in 2006, "the number of Catholic nuns in the U.S. has declined from 179,954 to just 67,773" (that's the "spirit"!).”
“And they run around the place, jabbering like loons for hours until they collapse in exhaustion …”
“He clumsily lifts the dead person back onto the pile of freshly killed human corpses, slumping over it in exhaustion, his lab coat cloaking the heap, but not entirely covering it.”
“Let's see how many methodists the military can round up and charge with incitement, before they collapse in exhaustion or run out of holding capacity.”
“But exhaustion is not a good idea, I do agree, even if teaching tends to cause it.”
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