AskDefine | Define exhaustive

Dictionary Definition

exhaustive adj : very thorough; exhaustively complete; "an exhaustive study"; "made a thorough search"; "thoroughgoing research" [syn: thorough, thoroughgoing]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. which includes every possible element
    ''an exhaustive list

Extensive Definition

Exhaust may refer to:
In mathematics:
In engines and technology:
In health:
  • Heat exhaustion, a medical condition where the body is unable to control its accumulation of heat
  • Nervous exhaustion, a nineteenth-century diagnosis encompassing fatigue, anxiety, and depression
  • Adrenal exhaustion, a hypothesized maladaption of the adrenal glands
In law:
Exhaust may also refer to:
  • Exhaustive ballot, a multi-round voting system
  • Exhaust date, the projected date that a telecommunications area code will have assigned all of its numbers
  • Exhaust (band) is a clarinet, drum, and tape trio in Montreal, Canada
  • In the description of any formally defined set, the rules by which every arbitrary object may be defined as included in some subset n (and excluded from every other n-1 wholly independent subsets), with no objects remaining, are referred to as being exhaustive.
exhaustive in French: Échappement
exhaustive in Ido: Eskapo
exhaustive in Dutch: Echappement

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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