Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr & vb. n.
spirareto breathe: cf. F.
To breathe out; to emit from the lungs; to throw out from the mouth or nostrils in the process of respiration; – opposed to
Anatomy exhibits the lungs in a continual motion of inspiring and
This chafed the boar; his nostrils flames
To give forth insensibly or gently, as a fluid or vapor; to emit in minute particles; to exhale;
as, the earth
expiresa damp vapor; plants
expiringof cold out of the inward parts of the earth in winter.
To emit; to give out.
To bring to a close; to terminate.
Of a despised life.
To emit the breath.
To emit the last breath; to breathe out the life; to die;
To come to an end; to cease; to terminate; to perish; to become extinct;
as, the flame
expired; his lease
expiresto-day; the month
To burst forth; to fly out with a blast.
[Obs.]“The ponderous ball expires.”
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To breathe out; to throw out the breath from the lungs; opposed to inspire. We expire air at every breath.
2.To exhale; to emit in minute particles, as a fluid or volatile matter. The earth expires a damp or warm vapor; the body expires fluid matter from the pores; plants expire odors.
1.To perish; to end; to fail or be destroyed; to come to nothing; to be frustrated.
With the loss of battle all his hopes of empire expired.
2.To fly out; to be thrown out with force. [Unusual.]
The ponderous ball expires.
3.To come to an end; to cease; to terminate; to close or conclude,as a given period. A lease will expire on the first of May. The year expires on Monday. The contract will expire at Michaelmas. The days had not expired.
When forty years had expired. Act 7.