from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of exhaling.
  • n. Something, such as air or vapor, that is exhaled.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or process of exhaling, or sending forth in the form of steam or vapor; evaporation.
  • n. That which is exhaled, or which rises in the form of vapor, fume, or steam; effluvium; emanation; as, exhalations from the earth or flowers, decaying matter, etc.
  • n. A bright phenomenon; a meteor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of exhaling, or sending forth in the form of steam or vapor; evaporation.
  • n. That which is exhaled, or which rises in the form of vapor, fume, or steam; effluvium; emanation
  • n. A bright phenomenon; a meteor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of exhaling, or emitting as an effluence; evaporation.
  • n. That which is exhaled; that which is emitted as or like breath, or which rises in the form of vapor; emanation; effluvium: as, exhalations from marshes, animal or vegetable bodies, decaying matter, and other substances.
  • n. In heraldry, a representation of a waterspout, a torrent of rain falling from a cloud, or some similar meteorological phenomenon: a rare bearing, used as a rebus by a person whose name allows of it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of expelling air from the lungs
  • n. exhaled breath


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  • A copious _exhalation_ of moisture takes place in breathing, which presents a striking analogy to the exhalation from the surface of the skin already described.

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  • Some writers look upon Fumid exhalation, which is a compound of

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  • And the mixture of respiration with the air always makes some new exhalation which is altered and changed by the flux of the air coming from abroad and again going out.

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  • Rumors are a kind of exhalation or intellectual perfume thrown off by the news of the day.

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  • As to the scientific element in this compromise, De Angelis holds, in his general introduction regarding meteorology, that the main material cause of comets is "exhalation," and says, "If this exhalation is thick and sticky, it blazes into a comet."

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  • I conceive of it as an exhalation which is given off during courtship and gradually saturates whatever is in contact with the motionless body of the female.

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  • The colours of their canoes and clothes were softened by the dim air and long use, and there seemed to accompany each boat and each person an atmosphere within this other haze, a spiritual kind of exhalation; so that one might have thought them, with the crucifixes on their breasts, and that unworldly, distinguished look which comes to those who live much with nature, as sons of men going upon such mission as did they who went into the far land with Arthur.

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  • She spilled her neurons across the dissecting board of the violin, breathed deep and forced herself outward with every exhalation.

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  • She gave an exasperated laugh, a sharp exhalation of air.


  • Releasing a weary exhalation, he sank into the chair at his control console.

    Dreams of a Dark Warrior


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  • We lay near each other but not touching, silent recipients of Pan's globally ignored dawn suite, a soft exhalation through turf and leaf, the whirr of small wings, the introspective clambering of beetles, the shiver of water. From "The Last Werewolf" by Glen Duncan.

    March 18, 2012