exhalation

noun
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 The baritone Thomas Buckner — a veteran of Robert Ashley’s operas — brings abstract, ghostly exhalations to the mix, later on. New York Times, "One Work of Dance, Theater and More to Experience This Weekend," 26 Mar. 2020 This applies in particular to joggers (get your heavy exhalations out of my face), bikers (ditto, but 100% ruder than joggers), and people who insist on strolling as a group. The Washington Post, "Q&A: Thomas Farley, Mister Manners, on etiquette in the age of coronavirus," 9 Apr. 2020 The shift in recommendations reflects growing evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted by a person's exhalations and normal speech but also the fact that people are not effectively covering their sneezes and coughs. Thomas Perls, CBS News, "Doctor explains how and when you should be wearing a face mask," 6 Apr. 2020 The shift in recommendations reflects growing evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted by a person’s exhalations and normal speech but also the fact that people are not effectively covering their sneezes and coughs. Thomas Perls, The Conversation, "The CDC now recommends wearing a mask in some cases - a physician explains why and when to wear one," 6 Apr. 2020 For people who were infected with a common type of coronavirus that causes colds — not the one associated with the current pandemic — the virus was sometimes found in exhalations when no face mask was worn. Los Angeles Times, "The new coronavirus might spread when people talk, but scientists say masks can help," 4 Apr. 2020 These are generally high quality masks with excellent filtration and exhalation valves (for easy breathing). Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "How to Prepare for a COVID-19 Quarantine," 13 Mar. 2020 Focus inhalations on breathing into your midback and exhalations on relaxing your lower back. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Low back and neck pain is costing us a fortune. Here's how to stop," 3 Mar. 2020 Scientists' exhalations condense in their face masks, then freeze, forming ice crystals that irritate the skin. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "Voyagers to the ‘epicenter of global warming’ struggle with storms, polar bears and thin ice," 13 Jan. 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 3 Jun. 2020.

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exhalation

noun
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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