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The word exhaust can mean:-

  • A verb meaning "tire out", as in "After the long gallop, his horse was exhausted."
  • A verb meaning "use up, consume", as in "That area's copper ore deposits are nearly exhausted".
  • A noun meaning "waste gases produced by an internal combustion engine" (see exhaust gas), or "the pipework that those waste gases are discharged through".
  • A noun meaning "waste low-pressure steam emitted by a steam engine".
  • Sometimes, the pipe in a breathing apparatus that its user breathes out through.
  • The backblast produced by a jet engine or a rocket.

The word comes from the Latin exhaustus meaning "drained dry, emptied", from the verb exhauriō.

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