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.
- ex·haust·er, noun
- ex·haust·i·ble, adjective
- ex·haust·i·bil·i·ty, noun
- mul·ti·ex·haust, noun
- non·ex·haust·ed, adjective
- non·ex·haust·i·ble, adjective
- pre·ex·haust, verb (used with object)
- un·ex·haust·ed, adjective
- un·ex·haust·ed·ly, adverb
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How to use exhaust in a sentence
Still, a big mistake or a lot of bad luck could put a hole in the exhaust, damage the transfer case, or snag an important cable.
Battery-powered options are also available, and these don’t emit dangerous exhaust fumes.
You could find them when you are grilling meats, you could find them out of the exhaust of a car, you could find them from smoke from the wildfires in California, you could find them in charcoal that’s left behind.An asteroid didn’t kill the dinosaurs by itself. Earth helped. | Kate Baggaley | September 30, 2020 | Popular-Science
Benzene, a pollutant from automobile exhaust, is carcinogenic and linked to childhood and adult leukemia and probably lymphoma.Answers on Navy Fire’s Health Impacts Won’t Come Right Away | MacKenzie Elmer | July 14, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The only source of outside air was an exhaust fan in a bathroom.COVID-19 case clusters offer lessons and warnings for reopening | Helen Thompson | June 18, 2020 | Science News
Farrell issued a ticket to an 18-year-old shipyard worker for speeding and an improper exhaust mechanism, according to the TP.
But they have a lot more tools now, a lot more information, a lot more digital exhaust that we all have.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Bill Morris | August 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You might exhaust yourself trying to please them both which is more work than you realize.
A very slight movement of the armature disc J, therefore, suffices to open to the full extent two long exhaust passages.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
The exhaust-valve is exactly as when it was put in, worked by a rack-and-tooth segment.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
The steady use of the organ for an hour-and-a-half's choir rehearsal would exhaust the batteries.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
We occupy too wide an extent of country: we exhaust our resources without profit and without necessity: we cling to dreams.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Then the exhaust from each port must be measured and thrusts equalized, where needed, by adjustment of great valves.Astounding Stories, May, 1931 | Various
British Dictionary definitions for exhaust
to drain the energy of; tire out: to exhaust someone by constant questioning
to deprive of resources, etc: a nation exhausted by war
to deplete totally; expend; consume: to 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 remains: to 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
- exhausted, adjective
- exhauster, noun
- exhaustible, adjective
- exhaustibility, noun
- exhausting, adjective
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