decompress definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- to free from pressure
- to free (a deep-sea diver, tunnel worker, etc.) from compression or air pressure by means of an air lock
decompress definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
verb de·com·pressed, de·com·press·ing, de·com·press·es verb, transitive
- To relieve of pressure or compression.
- To bring (a person exposed to conditions of increased pressure) gradually back to normal atmospheric pressure.
- To adjust to normal atmospheric conditions after being exposed to increased pressure.
- Informal To relax: decompressed after 12 hours of driving.