Definition of Discharge

1. Noun. The sudden giving off of energy.

2. Verb. Complete or carry out. "Discharge one's duties"

3. Noun. The act of venting.
Exact synonyms: Venting
Generic synonyms: Emanation, Emission
Derivative terms: Vent

4. Verb. Pour forth or release. "Discharge liquids"
Specialized synonyms: Eject, Force Out, Squeeze Out, Squirt, Disperse, Dot, Dust, Scatter, Sprinkle, Play, Volley
Generic synonyms: Distribute, Spread

5. Noun. A substance that is emitted or released.
Exact synonyms: Emission
Generic synonyms: Material, Stuff
Specialized synonyms: Exudate, Exudation, Transudate, Transudation, Effluvium, Rheum, Vaginal Discharge

6. Verb. Free from obligations or duties.
Exact synonyms: Free
Specialized synonyms: Disinvest, Divest, Relieve, Take Over, Cut, Clear, Cashier, Liberate, Set Free, Disembroil, Disentangle, Disinvolve
Derivative terms: Freeing

7. Noun. Any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body. "The discharge of pus"

8. Verb. Remove the charge from.
Generic synonyms: Remove, Take, Take Away, Withdraw
Antonyms: Charge

9. Noun. Electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field.

10. Verb. Go off or discharge. "The gun fired"
Exact synonyms: Fire, Go Off
Derivative terms: Fire

11. Noun. The pouring forth of a fluid.
Exact synonyms: Outpouring, Run
Generic synonyms: Flow, Flowing
Specialized synonyms: Jet, Spirt, Spurt, Squirt, Escape, Leak, Leakage, Outflow
Derivative terms: Run, Runny

12. Verb. Pronounce not guilty of criminal charges. "They want to discharge the prisoners "; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
Exact synonyms: Acquit, Assoil, Clear, Exculpate, Exonerate
Entails: Evaluate, Judge, Pass Judgment
Specialized synonyms: Vindicate, Whitewash, Purge
Generic synonyms: Judge, Label, Pronounce
Derivative terms: Acquittal, Clear, Clearing, Exculpation, Exculpatory, Exoneration, Exoneration, Exonerative
Antonyms: Convict

13. Noun. The termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart).

14. Verb. Eliminate (a substance). "The plant releases a gas"

15. Noun. A formal written statement of relinquishment.
Exact synonyms: Release, Waiver
Generic synonyms: Relinquishing, Relinquishment
Specialized synonyms: Exemption, Granting Immunity, Immunity
Derivative terms: Release, Waive, Waive

16. Verb. Leave or unload. "Drop off the passengers at the hotel"
Exact synonyms: Drop, Drop Off, Put Down, Set Down, Unload
Generic synonyms: Deliver
Specialized synonyms: Wharf, Air-drop
Derivative terms: Drop

17. Noun. The act of discharging a gun.
Exact synonyms: Firing, Firing Off
Generic synonyms: Shooting, Shot
Specialized synonyms: Gun
Derivative terms: Fire

18. Verb. Cause to go off. "Fire a bullet"
Exact synonyms: Fire
Specialized synonyms: Pop, Let Drive, Let Fly, Loose Off, Blast, Shoot, Fusillade
Causes: Fire, Go Off
Derivative terms: Fire, Firing

19. Verb. Release from military service.
Exact synonyms: Muster Out
Specialized synonyms: Deactivate, Demob, Demobilise, Demobilize, Demobilise, Demobilize, Inactivate, Cannon
Generic synonyms: Let Go, Let Go Of, Release, Relinquish
Antonyms: Enlist

20. Verb. Become empty or void of its content. "The room emptied"
Exact synonyms: Empty
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Specialized synonyms: Flow Away, Flow Off
Derivative terms: Empty
Antonyms: Fill

Definition of Discharge

1. v. t. To relieve of a charge, load, or burden; to empty of a load or cargo; to unburden; to unload; as, to discharge a vessel.

2. v. i. To throw off or deliver a load, charge, or burden; to unload; to emit or give vent to fluid or other contents; as, the water pipe discharges freely.

3. n. The act of discharging; the act of relieving of a charge or load; removal of a load or burden; unloading; as, the discharge of a ship; discharge of a cargo.

4. v. t. To bleach out or to remove or efface, as by a chemical process; as, to discharge the color from a dyed fabric in order to form light figures on a dark ground.

5. n. The equalization of a difference of electric potential between two points. The character of the discharge is mostly determined by the nature of the medium through which it takes place, the amount of the difference of potential, and the form of the terminal conductors on which the difference exists. The discharge may be alternating, continuous, brush, connective, disruptive, glow, oscillatory, stratified, etc.

Definition of Discharge

1. Verb. To accomplish or complete, as an obligation. ¹

2. Verb. To expel or let go. ¹

3. Verb. (electricity) To release (an accumulated charge). ¹

4. Verb. (medicine) To release (an inpatient) from hospital. ¹

5. Verb. (military) To release (a member of the armed forces) from service. ¹

6. Verb. To operate (any weapon that fires a projectile, such as a shotgun or sling). ¹

7. Verb. To release (an auxiliary assumption) from the list of assumptions used in arguments, and return to the main argument. ¹

8. Verb. To unload a ship or another means of transport. ¹

9. Noun. (symptom) (''uncountable'') pus or exudate (other than blood) from a wound or orifice, usually due to infection or pathology ¹

10. Noun. the act of accomplishing (an obligation) ¹

11. Noun. the act of expelling or letting go ¹

12. Noun. (electricity) the act of releasing an accumulated charge ¹

13. Noun. (medicine) the act of releasing an inpatient from hospital ¹

14. Noun. (military) the act of releasing a member of the armed forces from service ¹

15. Noun. (hydrology) the discharge of a river is the volume of water transported by it in a certain amount of time, usually in units of m3/s (cubic meters per second) ¹

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Medical Definition of Discharge

1. 1. To relieve of a charge, load, or burden; to empty of a load or cargo; to unburden; to unload; as, to discharge a vessel. 2. To free of the missile with which anything is charged or loaded; to let go the charge of; as, to discharge a bow, catapult, etc.; especially, said of firearms, to fire off; to shoot off; also, to relieve from a state of tension, as a Leyden jar. "The galleys also did oftentimes, out of their prows, discharge their great pieces against the city." (Knolles) "Feeling in other cases discharges itself in indirect muscular actions." (H. Spencer) 3. To of something weighing upon or impeding over one, as a debt, claim, obligation, responsibility, accusation, etc.; to absolve; to acquit; to clear. "Discharged of business, void of strife." (Dryden) "In one man's fault discharge another man of his duty." (L'Estrange) 4. To relieve of an office or employment; to send away from service; to dismiss. "Discharge the common sort With pay and thanks." (Shak) "Grindal . . . Was discharged the government of his see." (Milton) 5. To release legally from confinement; to set at liberty; as, to discharge a prisoner. 6. To put forth, or remove, as a charge or burden; to take out, as that with which anything is loaded or filled; as, to discharge a cargo. 7. To let fly, as a missile; to shoot. "They do discharge their shot of courtesy." (Shak) 8. To set aside; to annul; to dismiss. "We say such an order was "discharged on appeal."" (Mozley & W) "The order for Daly's attendance was discharged." (Macaulay) 9. To throw off the obligation of, as a duty or debt; to relieve one's self of, by fulfilling conditions, performing duty, trust, and the like; hence, to perform or exte, as an office, or part. "Had I a hundred tongues, a wit so large As could their hundred offices discharge." (Dryden) 10. To send away (a creditor) satisfied by payment; to pay one's debt or obligation to. "If he had The present money to discharge the Jew." (Shak) 11. To give forth; to emit or send out; as, a pipe discharges water; to let fly; to give expression to; to utter; as, to discharge a horrible oath. 12. To prohibit; to forbid. Discharging arch, a piece set to carry thrust or weight to a solid point of support. Discharging rod, a bent wire, with knobs at both ends, and insulated by a glass handle. It is employed for discharging a Leyden jar or an electrical battery. See Discharger. Synonym: See Deliver. Origin: OE. Deschargen, dischargen, OF. Deschargier, F. Decharger; pref. Des- (L. Dis) + chargier, F. Charger. See Charge. 1. The act of discharging; the act of relieving of a charge or load; removal of a load or burden; unloading; as, the discharge of a ship; discharge of a cargo. 2. Firing off; explosive removal of a charge; explosion; letting off; as, a discharge of arrows, of artillery. 3. Act of relieving of something which oppresses or weighs upon one, as an obligation, liability, debt, accusation, etc.; acquittance; as, the discharge of a debtor. 4. Act of removing, or getting rid of, an obligation, liability, etc.; fulfillment, as by the payment of a debt, or the performance of a trust or duty. "Indefatigable in the discharge of business." (Motley) "Nothing can absolve us from the discharge of those duties." (L'Estrange) 5. Release or dismissal from an office, employment, etc.; dismission; as, the discharge of a workman by his employer. 6. Legal release from confinement; liberation; as, the discharge of a prisoner. 7. The state of being discharged or relieved of a debt, obligation, office, and the like; acquittal. "Too secure of our discharge From penalty." (Milton) 8. That which discharges or releases from an obligation, liability, penalty, etc, as a price of ransom, a legal document. "Death, who sets all free, Hath paid his ransom now and full discharge." (Milton) 9. A flowing or issuing out; emission; vent; evacuation; also, that which is discharged or emitted; as, a rapid discharge of water from the pipe. "The hemorrhage being stopped, the next occurrence is a thin serous discharge." (S. Sharp) Charge and discharge. The increased secretion from a gland resulting from the cutting of all of its nerves. Origin: Cf. F. Decharge. See Discharge. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Discharge

discharge (current term)
discharge lamp
discharge of dredged material
discharge of fill material
discharge pipe
discharging tubule

Literary usage of Discharge

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1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"He found that the discharge assumed three distinct characters as the ... When the resistance was reduced to a certain extent, the discharge became ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"fourthly, upon the quantitative amount of the discharge. The first two factors are, of course, determined by the incoming current, which can be replaced by ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1890)
"The subject of dust-figures produced by electrical discharge has received much ... When a spark discharge occurs in a homogeneous dielectric medium, ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"fourthly, upon the quantitative amount of the discharge. The iirst two factors are, of course, determined by the incoming current, which can be replaced by ..."

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