ex·ha·la·tion | \ˌeks-hə-ˈlā-shən, ˌek-sə-\

Definition of exhalation 

1 : something exhaled or given off : emanation

2 : an act of exhaling

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The prison rises from broken stitches, and being nothing but stone, performs the everyday magic of exhalation, alive with whistling smoke and grinding shadow. David Roderick, SFChronicle.com, "State Lines: A poem by Natalie Graham," 14 June 2018 Over time, the exhalations of these tech C.E.O.s became less about the actual lie, and more about who could deliver it with the utmost persuasion. Nick Bilton, The Hive, "“She Absolutely Has Sociopathic Tendencies”: Elizabeth Holmes, Somehow, Is Trying to Start a New Company!," 8 June 2018 Every shiver of the ground, every exhalation of gas, every ripple of molten rock has been captured by an array of seismometers, tiltmeters, gas detectors, and airborne sensors. Author: Scott Wilson, Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "As Kilauea erupts, volcanologists swarm: ‘I expect great science from this event’," 24 May 2018 There, doctors recorded her issues: cough, difficulty breathing that was worsening by the minute, and sudden stabbing pains in the chest with every inhalation and exhalation. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Teen develops 'wet lung' after vaping for just 3 weeks," 17 May 2018 Her every ragged inhalation and fierce exhalation is evidence of my gratitude. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Frances McDormand Just Gave a Rousing Golden Globes Acceptance Speech," 8 Jan. 2018 Burtt’s creations—the distinctive drone of the lightsaber, the bleepity-bloops of R2-D2, and the sinister inhalations and exhalations of Darth Vader—are as essential to the soundtrack of Star Wars as the music of John Williams. Darryn King, HWD, "Star Wars Sound Architect Ben Burtt Finds Himself in the Outer Rim," 15 Dec. 2017 Every few moments the humpback lets loose a loud exhalation that sounds like a wet snore. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "Get an Amazing Whale's-Eye View Underneath Antarctica," 25 Apr. 2017 Then, suddenly, skies cleared and a nationwide audience was treated not only to the sight of the eclipse and the cheers of the crowd with whom Elam was viewing, but the exhalation of a journalist who did, after all, have a story. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "For a few hours, America forgets its troubles as solar eclipse captivates nation," 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of exhalation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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ex·ha·la·tion | \ˌeks-(h)ə-ˈlā-shən \

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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