- to drain of strength or energy, wear out, or fatigue greatly, as a person: I have exhausted myself working.
- to use up or consume completely; expend the whole of: He exhausted a fortune in stock-market speculation.
- to draw out all that is essential in (a subject, topic, etc.); treat or study thoroughly.
- to empty by drawing out the contents: to exhaust a tank of fuel oil.
- to create a vacuum in.
- to draw out or drain off completely.
- to deprive wholly of useful or essential properties, possessions, resources, etc.
- Chemistry, Pharmacology. to deprive of ingredients by the use of solvents, as a drug.
- to destroy the fertility of (soil), as by intensive cultivation.
- to pass out or escape, as spent steam from the cylinder of an engine.
- the escape of steam or gases from the cylinder of an engine.
- the steam or gases ejected.
- Also called exhaust system. the parts of an engine through which the exhaust is ejected.
Origin of exhaust
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Examples from the Web for exhaust
He begins to flail and exhaust himself before submerging for good.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq
Nathan Bradley Bethea
August 31, 2014
So in addition to being able to demoralize and exhaust you, the book tour can kill you.Dumps and Death Threats, Hecklers and Vindication: True Tales from Today’s DIY Book Tour
August 12, 2014
You might exhaust yourself trying to please them both which is more work than you realize.Threesomes are Actually a Terrible Idea
June 21, 2014
What I need is noise, exhaust, and a cityscape of cab drivers honking and swearing at people.John Oliver on ‘Last Week Tonight,’ Turning Down CBS, and ‘Nauseating’ American Politics
May 1, 2014
To most writers, the subject of money is like the words of a bully—they exhaust themselves pretending to not be affected by it.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 17, 2013
September 16, 2013
For example, there is neither an intake or exhaust manifold on the motor.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Their historians said that toil did not wear out his body or exhaust his energy.Introductory American History
Henry Eldridge Bourne
Thad opened the exhaust valve, let the air hiss from the chamber of the lock.Salvage in Space
John Stewart Williamson
Is there a single spot which the eye, by any peering or prying, can fathom or exhaust?Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
You'll get a hernia of your exhaust pipe if you stay so tense.Arm of the Law
- to drain the energy of; tire outto exhaust someone by constant questioning
- to deprive of resources, etca nation exhausted by war
- to deplete totally; expend; consumeto exhaust food supplies
- to empty (a container) by drawing off or pumping out (the contents)
- to develop or discuss thoroughly so that no further interest remainsto exhaust a topic of conversation
- to remove gas from (a vessel, etc) in order to reduce the pressure or create a vacuum; evacuate
- to remove or use up the active ingredients from (a drug, solution, etc)
- to destroy the fertility of (soil) by excessive cultivation
- (intr) (of steam or other gases) to be emitted or to escape from an engine after being expanded
- gases ejected from an engine as waste products
- the expulsion of expanded gas or steam from an engine
- (as modifier)exhaust stroke
- the parts of an engine through which the exhausted gases or steam pass
- (as modifier)exhaust valve; exhaust pipe
Word Origin and History for exhaust
"waste gas," 1848, originally from steam engines, from exhaust (v.). In reference to internal combustion engines by 1896.