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Expire

Expire
1. To breathe out; to emit from the lungs; to throw out from the mouth or nostrils in the process of respiration; opposed to inspire. Anatomy exhibits the lungs in a continual motion of inspiring and expiring air. (Harvey) This chafed the boar; his nostrils flames expire. (Dryden)
2. To give forth insensibly or gently, as a fluid or vapor; to emit in minute particles; to exhale; as, the earth expires a damp vapor; plants expire odors. The expiring of cold out of the inward parts of the earth in winter. (Bacon)
3. To emit; to give out.
4. To bring to a close; to terminate. Expire the term Of a despised life. (Shak)
Origin: L. Expirare, exspirare, expiratum, exspiratum; ex out – spirare to breathe: cf. F. Expirer. See spirit.
1. To emit the breath.
2. To emit the last breath; to breathe out the life; to die; as, to expire calmly; to expire in agony.
3. To come to an end; to cease; to terminate; to perish; to become extinct; as, the flame expired; his lease expires to-day; the month expired on Saturday.
4. To burst forth; to fly out with a blast. The ponderous ball expires.


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