Ex*pire" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Expired (?);p. pr & vb. n. Expiring.] [L. expirare, exspirare, expiratum, exspiratum; ex out + spirare to breathe: cf. F. expirer. See Spirit.]

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.

[Obs.]

Dryden.

4.

To bring to a close; to terminate.

[Obs.]

Expire the term Of a despised life. Shak.

 

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Ex*pire", v. i.

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.

[Obs.]

"The ponderous ball expires." Dryden.

 

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