Word of the DayThursday, July 22, 2004
\ih-ruhk-TAY-shuhn\ , noun;
The act of belching; a belch.
Ignatius belched, the gassy eructations echoing between the walls of the alley.
-- John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces
The explosion, at this distance, sounds like a faint, feeble eructation.
-- Peter Conrad, "Bangs to whimpers", The Observer, March 7, 2004
The presence of a driver's elevated mouth alcohol caused by eructation went directly to the commission of the offence and was capable of amounting to a special reason.
-- "Belch raises special reasons issue", Times, February 7, 2007
Eructation comes from Latin eructatio, from eructare, from e-, "out" + ructare, "to belch."
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