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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of coming to a close; termination.
  • noun The act of breathing out; exhalation.
  • noun Archaic Death.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of breathing out; expulsion of air from the lungs in the process of respiration: opposed to inspiration.
  • noun The last emission of breath; cessation; death.
  • noun Close; end; conclusion; termination: as, the expiration of a month or year; the expiration of a contract or a lease.
  • noun That which is produced by audible expiring or breathing out, as a sound.
  • noun Emission of volatile matter from any substance; evaporation; exhalation: as, the expiration of oxygen by plants.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of expiring.
  • noun (Physiol.) The act or process of breathing out, or forcing air from the lungs through the nose or mouth; ; -- opposed to inspiration.
  • noun Emission of volatile matter; exhalation.
  • noun The last emission of breath; death.
  • noun A coming to a close; cessation; extinction; termination; end.
  • noun That which is expired; matter breathed forth; that which is produced by breathing out, as a sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of expiring
  • noun 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.
  • noun Emission of volatile matter; exhalation.
  • noun The last emission of breath; death.
  • noun A coming to a close; cessation; extinction; termination; end.
  • noun That which is expired; matter breathed forth; that which is produced by breathing out, as a sound.

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

  • noun the act of expelling air from the lungs
  • noun euphemistic expressions for death
  • noun a coming to an end of a contract period

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