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4 definitions found
 for exhausting
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Exhaust \Ex*haust"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Exhausted; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Exhausting.] [L. exhaustus, p. p. of exhaurire; ex
     out + haurire, haustum, to draw, esp. water; perhaps akin to
     Icel. asua to sprinkle, pump.]
     1. To draw or let out wholly; to drain off completely; as, to
        exhaust the water of a well; the moisture of the earth is
        exhausted by evaporation.
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     2. To empty by drawing or letting out the contents; as, to
        exhaust a well, or a treasury.
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     3. To drain, metaphorically; to use or expend wholly, or till
        the supply comes to an end; to deprive wholly of strength;
        to use up; to weary or tire out; to wear out; as, to
        exhaust one's strength, patience, or resources.
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              A decrepit, exhausted old man at fifty-five.
                                                    --Motley.
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     4. To bring out or develop completely; to discuss thoroughly;
        as, to exhaust a subject.
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     5. (Chem.) To subject to the action of various solvents in
        order to remove all soluble substances or extractives; as,
        to exhaust a drug successively with water, alcohol, and
        ether.
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     Exhausted receiver. (Physics) See under Receiver.
  
     Syn: To spend; consume; tire out; weary.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Exhausting \Ex*haust"ing\, a.
     Producing exhaustion; as, exhausting labors. --
     Ex*haust"ing, adv.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  exhausting
      adj 1: having a debilitating effect; "an exhausting job in the
             hot sun" [syn: draining, exhausting]
      2: producing exhaustion; "an exhausting march"; "the visit was
         especially wearing" [syn: exhausting, tiring, wearing,
         wearying]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  37 Moby Thesaurus words for "exhausting":
     arduous, burdensome, crippling, debilitating, devitalizing,
     difficult, draining, enervating, enfeebling, fatiguesome,
     fatiguing, grinding, grueling, hard, harsh, heavy, killing,
     laborious, onerous, oppressive, overburdensome, punishing, sapping,
     straining, strenuous, stressful, tiresome, tiring, toilsome,
     trying, tyrannous, weakening, weariful, wearing, wearisome,
     wearying, weighty
  
  

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