ex·​ha·​la·​tion | \ ˌeks-hə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce exhalation (audio) , ˌek-sə- \

Definition of exhalation

1 : something exhaled or given off : emanation
2 : an act of exhaling

Examples of exhalation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web American Airlines requires all passengers to wear a face mask without vents or exhalation valves on board. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "A Breakdown of Every Major U.S. Airline's Face Mask Policy," 23 Apr. 2021 Note: Beware of N95 masks with exhalation valves in them, since those valves put your airflow back into the environment. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Covid-19 masks: Which mask is best for you, and when to use it," 21 Apr. 2021 Neck gaiters and masks with exhalation valves are not permitted. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Limited supply of Orioles individual game tickets for April and May will go on sale Wednesday," 26 Mar. 2021 Face shields and masks with exhalation valves do not count, the Brewers' website said. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What fans can expect for Brewers season at American Family Field, including COVID-19 safety precautions," 26 Mar. 2021 Adults on campus should still observe the six-foot rule, and even young students should remain six feet apart in common areas, when masks can’t be worn and while singing, shouting or doing other activities that trigger increased exhalation. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Closing the gap at school," 19 Mar. 2021 Fans are required to wear masks covering their face and nose at all times, with neck gaiters and masks with exhalation valves not permitted inside the stadium. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "What Orioles fans need to know about seeing a game at Camden Yards this season," 12 Mar. 2021 Neither are face masks with slits, exhalation valves or punctures. Elliott Hester, Los Angeles Times, "When flight attendants become mask cops, the noncompliant can get grounded," 10 Mar. 2021 On the keys, Parrish repeats a sequence of rich chords, melody rising like a sharp breath, then lowering like a calm exhalation. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "In a year without dance floors, Theo Parrish knows the way forward," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of exhalation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Exhalation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhalation. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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ex·​ha·​la·​tion | \ ˌeks-(h)ə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce exhalation (audio) \

Medical Definition of exhalation

1 : the action of forcing air out of the lungs
2 : something (as the breath) that is exhaled or given off

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