Definition of Decompress

1. Verb. Restore to its uncompressed form. "Decompress data"

Exact synonyms: Uncompress
Generic synonyms: Reconstruct, Restore
Antonyms: Compress
Derivative terms: Decompression

2. Verb. Decrease the pressure of. "Depressurize the cabin in the air plane"
Exact synonyms: Depressurise, Depressurize
Generic synonyms: Adjust, Correct, Set
Specialized synonyms: Puncture
Derivative terms: Decompressing, Decompression
Antonyms: Pressurise, Pressurize

3. Verb. Become less tense, rest, or take one's ease. "Sam and Sue decompress"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work"
Exact synonyms: Loosen Up, Relax, Slow Down, Unbend, Unwind
Specialized synonyms: Vege Out, Vegetate, Sit Back, Take It Easy
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Derivative terms: Relaxant, Relaxation, Relaxation
Antonyms: Tense

Definition of Decompress

1. Verb. (transitive) To relieve the pressure or compression on something. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To bring someone (such as a diver) back to normal atmospheric pressure after being exposed to high pressure. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive computing) To restore compressed data to its normal size. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To adjust to normal atmospheric pressure after being exposed to high pressure. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive informal) To relax. ¹

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Definition of Decompress

1. [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Decompress

decomposition of movement
decomposition potential
decomposition reaction
decompound leaf
decompress (current term)
decompression bomb
decompression bombs
decompression chamber
decompression disease
decompression illness
decompression operations
decompression sickness

Literary usage of Decompress

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The U. S. Coal Industry, 1970-1990: Two Decades of ChangeTech (1992)
"... Figure 14-5 Repetitive Dive Flowchart Surface interval greater than 12 hours decompress according to Standard Air Table or No-decompression Table. ..."

2. U. S. Navy Diving Manual: Air DivingSports & Re (1999)
"decompress to 60 feet on Table 4 Continue and/or extend Current Table/ NOTES: Yes 1. A diving Medical Officer should be consulted if at all possible before ..."

3. Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Archival Materials for Electronic Access by Steven T. Puglia, Jeffrey Reed, Erin Rhodes (2005)
"GIF files will take longer to download, but will decompress quicker and put less ... JPEG files will download quicker, but will take longer to decompress ..."

4. The Mining Engineer (1908)
"The method hitherto recommended for bringing men safely out of compressed air has been to decompress at a slow and uniform rate. ..."

5. Practice of Medicine by Frederick Tice (1922)
"... be far superior to uniform decompression, in practice it is possible to decompress from high pressures with the uniform method with apparent safety. ..."

6. Measurements for Competitiveness in Electronics (1994)
"That means that broadcasters would have to decompress, or decode, signals stored on magnetic tape at 300 megabits per second to 1 gigabit per second before ..."

7. Shield and Compressed Air Tunneling by Bertram Henry Majendie Hewett, Sigvald Johannesson (1922)
"Hence it seemed probable that, if it is safe to decompress suddenly from 2 atmospheres of absolute pressure to 1, it would be equally safe to decompress ..."

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