- producing or tending to produce fatigue, weariness, or the like: an exhausting day; an exhausting child.
Origin of exhausting
- 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 exhausting
Marx forecast that the profit motive would lead to overworking and exhausting the fertility of our soil and other natural systems.American Democracy Under Threat for 250 Years
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Russian professional models often describe their business as "exhausting" and "frustrating," especially for a child.Is 9-Year-Old Russian Model Kristina Pimenova Too Sexualized?
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Sports stars going on Dancing with the Stars who are big, butch, and energetic are talking about how exhausting it is.Nigel Lythgoe on How to Save Reality TV, ‘On the Town,’ and ‘Brokeback Ballroom’
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Their alleged attempt to run off and join ISIS had apparently been exhausting.How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught
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He speaks of the discipline it takes to care for a baby and the overwhelming reward that comes at the end of every exhausting day.T-Rav: The Reality TV Star Running for Senate in South Carolina
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He cannot imagine a more salutary mode of exhausting his force.The Spenders
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All the same, he must be an exhausting man for a daughter to live with; and a daughter who adored him.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
There are few things so exhausting as the quiet of the country.The Education of Eric Lane
They talk glibly of exhausting them as though their own resources were inexhaustible.England and Germany
Emile Joseph Dillon
We were exhausting ourselves by this sort of imbecile wrestling.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
- 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 exhausting
"waste gas," 1848, originally from steam engines, from exhaust (v.). In reference to internal combustion engines by 1896.