exit

Definitions

General English

Accounting

  • noun the way in which an investor can realise their investment, e.g. by selling the company they have invested in

Aviation

  • noun the act of going out of a place

Commerce

  • noun the act of leaving a job

Computing

  • noun
    (written as EXIT)
    an MS-DOS system command to stop and leave a child process and return to the parent process
  • verb to stop program execution or to leave a program and return control to the operating system or interpreter

Construction

  • That part of an exit system that, because of its separation from the rest of the building by devices such as walls, doors, and floors, provides a reasonably safe and protected emergency escape route from a building.

Economics

  • noun the act of leaving a market, usually because of losses incurred

Electronics

  • In computers, to get out of an operation, routine, or program. For instance, to exit a calling routine and return control to the program that initiated the call.
  • A point at which an exit (1) may, or does take place.

Theater

  • see stage direction.

Origin & History of “exit”

Ultimately, exit is the same word as English issue. both come from Latin exīre, a compound verb formed from the prefix ex- ‘out’ and īre ‘go’. this Latin verb, which can be traced back to an Indo-European base *ei-, also produced English coitus (18th c.), obituary, and transient (as well as the French future tense irai ‘will go’). The earliest use of exit in English was as a stage direction (it means literally ‘he or she goes out’ in Latin). The sense ‘way out’ is a late 17th-century development, the more concrete ‘door by which one leaves’ as recent as the late 19th century.
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