Definition of Relaxation

1. Noun. (physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers.

Category relationships: Physiology
Generic synonyms: Growth, Increase, Increment
Derivative terms: Relax, Relax

2. Noun. (physics) the exponential return of a system to equilibrium after a disturbance.
Exact synonyms: Relaxation Behavior
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Exponential Decay, Exponential Return

3. Noun. A feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry. "The easiness we feel when sleeping"
Exact synonyms: Easiness
Generic synonyms: Quietness, Quietude, Tranquility, Tranquillity
Specialized synonyms: Dreaminess, Languor
Derivative terms: Easy, Relax, Relax

4. Noun. An occurrence of control or strength weakening. "The slackening of the wind"
Exact synonyms: Loosening, Slackening
Generic synonyms: Weakening
Specialized synonyms: Thaw
Derivative terms: Loosen, Loosen, Relax, Relax, Slacken

5. Noun. Freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility). "Took his repose by the swimming pool"
Exact synonyms: Ease, Repose, Rest
Generic synonyms: Inactivity
Specialized synonyms: Bed Rest, Bedrest, Laziness, Lie-in, Dormancy, Quiescence, Quiescency, Sleeping, Leisure
Derivative terms: Relax, Repose, Rest

6. Noun. A method of solving simultaneous equations by guessing a solution and then reducing the errors that result by successive approximations until all the errors are less than some specified amount.

7. Noun. The act of making less strict.

Definition of Relaxation

1. n. The act or process of relaxing, or the state of being relaxed; as, relaxation of the muscles; relaxation of a law.

Definition of Relaxation

1. Noun. The act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed; the opposite of stress or tension; the aim of recreation and leisure activities. ¹

2. Noun. A diminution of tone, tension, or firmness; specifically in pathology: a looseness; a diminution of the natural and healthy tone of parts. ¹

3. Noun. Remission or abatement of rigor. ¹

4. Noun. Remission of attention or application. ¹

5. Noun. Unbending; recreation; a state or occupation intended to give mental or bodily relief after effort. ¹

6. Noun. (physics) The transition of an atom or molecule from a higher energy level to a lower one. ¹

7. Noun. (music) The release following musical tension. ¹

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Definition of Relaxation

1. laxation [n -S] - See also: laxation

Medical Definition of Relaxation

1. A state of relative freedom from both anxiety and skeletal muscle tension. (16 Dec 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Relaxation

relaxant reversal
relaxation (current term)
relaxation behavior
relaxation factor
relaxation method
relaxation response
relaxation suture
relaxation techniques
relaxation time
relaxed DNA
relaxed control

Literary usage of Relaxation

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

1. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"A summary of the experimental conditions in the pH 3.5-4.0 region, together with the observed and calculated relaxation times, is given in Table II. ..."

2. A History of the Inquisition of Spain by Henry Charles Lea (1907)
"The latter half of the eighteenth century witnessed the gradual disappearance of relaxation. Llorente tells us that during the reign of Carlos III ..."

3. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1906)
"Bnt, apon farther consideration, she decided that she had been confusing relaxation with depression. A trial series of 5 tones |> was then given, ..."

4. Modern Music and Musicians by Louis Charles Elson (1918)
"Thus the tension of the accenting fingers is followed by the relaxation of feeling ... "Devitalization" is the modern word for this complete relaxation. ..."

5. English Constitutional History from the Teutonic Conquest to the Present Time by Thomas Pitt Taswell-Langmead, Philip Arthur Ashworth (1905)
"It was not, indeed, till the reign of George III., when the relaxation Jacobitism of the Roman Catholics had become lukewarm and innocuous, ..."

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