Ex*haus"tion (?), n. [Cf. F. exhaustion.]
The act of draining out or draining off; the act of emptying completely of the contents.
The state of being exhausted or emptied; the state of being deprived of strength or spirits.
An ancient geometrical method in which an exhaustive process was employed. It was nearly equivalent to the modern method of limits.
⇒ The method of exhaustions was applied to great variety of propositions, pertaining to rectifications and quadratures, now investigated by the calculus.
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