What does exhaustion mean?

Definitions for exhaustion
ɪgˈzɔs tʃənex·haus·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exhaustionnoun

    extreme fatigue

  2. debilitation, enervation, enfeeblement, exhaustionnoun

    serious weakening and loss of energy

  3. exhaustionnoun

    the act of exhausting something entirely


  1. exhaustionnoun

    The point of complete depletion, of the state of being used up.

    We worked the mine to exhaustion, there's nothing left to extract.

  2. exhaustionnoun

    Supreme tiredness; having exhausted energy.

    I ran in the marathon to exhaustion, then I collapsed and had to be carried away.

  3. exhaustionnoun

    The removal (by percolation etc) of an active medicinal constituent from plant material

  4. exhaustionnoun

    The removal of all air from a vessel (the creation of a vacuum)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Exhaustionnoun

    The act of drawing or draining.

    Etymology: from exhaust.


  1. Exhaustion

    Fatigue describes a state of tiredness or exhaustion. In general usage, fatigue often follows prolonged physical or mental activity. When fatigue occurs independently of physical or mental exertion, or does not resolve after rest or sleep, it may have other causes, such as a medical condition.Fatigue (in a medical context) often has no known cause, and is recognised as being complex in nature. Fatigue may be associated with conditions of chronic pain such as fibromyalgia, and with many other conditions, including autoimmune diseases. It can also be associated with mental disorders such as depression.Fatigue (in the general usage sense of normal tiredness) can include both physical and mental fatigue. Physical fatigue results from muscle fatigue brought about by intense physical activity. Mental fatigue results from prolonged periods of cognitive activity which impairs cognitive ability. Mental fatigue can manifest as sleepiness, lethargy, or directed attention fatigue. Mental fatigue can also impair physical performance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exhaustionnoun

    the act of draining out or draining off; the act of emptying completely of the contents

  2. Exhaustionnoun

    the state of being exhausted or emptied; the state of being deprived of strength or spirits

  3. Exhaustionnoun

    an ancient geometrical method in which an exhaustive process was employed. It was nearly equivalent to the modern method of limits

  4. Etymology: [Cf. F. exhaustion.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exhaustion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exhaustion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of exhaustion in a Sentence

  1. Vanderbilt University neurobiologist Kenneth Catania:

    What I like about these findings is they are inevitable and yet incredible, we know from basic physics that bringing two electrical poles together concentrates the electric field, and we know from basic muscle physiology that running a muscle too fast for too long causes exhaustion. But I would never have imagined an electric eel could produce the same results.

  2. Parveen Garg:

    We know a few prime risk factors that are very important, such as obesity, high blood pressure and smoking, but it doesn't explain everything about why we get this condition, we're drawing a link between exhaustion and atrial fibrillation which really hasn't been described before.

  3. Olivia Wilde:

    It is constant, I find that quite energizing, the relentless asking and answering of questions, leaves you buzzing. And then of course, you face plan when you get home. But it’s a different kind of exhaustion...That’s one of the reasons that I really prefer directing, because I think that the constant hum of intensity and energy lights me up.

  4. Quentin Peel:

    Tactically it looked quite sensible because it made them clearly different from Labour, but it seems to have slightly blown up in their faces, as there's a general exhaustion among voters in the country -- they just want to get the whole thing over and done with -- there is a bit of a backlash.

  5. Patricia Marquis:

    In many places they’re already under immense stress and pressure, and so they are starting to go off sick themselves with COVID, but also mental and physical exhaustion, so, staff are looking forward now thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, what is coming?’.

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