- An example of discharge is pulling the trigger of a gun.
- An example of discharge is a prisoner being released from prison.
transitive verb-·charged′, -·charg′ing
- to relieve of or release from something that burdens or confines; specif.,
- to remove the cargo of (a ship); unload
- to release the charge of (a gun); fire
- to release (a soldier, jury, etc.) from duty
- to dismiss (a special committee) after it has reported to the legislature of which it is a part
- to dismiss from employment
- to release (a prisoner) from jail, (a defendant) from suspicion, (a patient) as cured, (a debtor or bankrupt) from obligations, etc.
- to release or remove (that by which one is burdened or confined); specif.,
- to unload (a cargo)
- to shoot (a projectile)
- to remove (dye) from cloth
- to relieve oneself or itself of (a burden, load, etc.); specif.,
- to throw off; send forth; emit: to discharge pus
- to get rid of; acquit oneself of; pay (a debt) or perform (a duty)
- to relieve (a wall, etc.) of excess pressure by distribution of weight
- to distribute (weight) evenly over a supporting part
- Elec. to remove stored energy from (a battery or capacitor)
Origin of dischargeMiddle English dischargen from Old French descharger from Vulgar Latin an unverified form discarricare, to unload from Classical Latin dis-, from + carrus, wagon, car
- to get rid of a burden, load, etc.
- to be released or thrown off
- to fire; go off: said of a gun, etc.
- to emit waste matter: said of a wound, etc.
- to run: said of a dye
- to lose or give off a stored electrical charge
- a discharging or being discharged
- that which discharges, as a legal order for release, a certificate of dismissal from military service, etc.
- that which is discharged, as pus from a sore
- a flow of electric current across a gap, as in a spark or arc
Origin of dischargeOFr descharge < the v.
verbdis·charged, dis·charg·ing, dis·charg·es
- a. To release, as from confinement, care, or duty: discharge a patient; discharge a soldier.b. To let go; empty out: a train discharging commuters.c. To pour forth; emit: a vent discharging steam.d. To shoot: discharge a pistol.
- To remove from office or employment. See Synonyms at dismiss.
- To perform the obligations or demands of (an office, duty, or task).
- To comply with the terms of (a debt or promise, for example).
- Law To release from debt, as in bankruptcy.
- To remove (color) from cloth, as by chemical bleaching.
- Electricity To cause the release of stored energy or electric charge from (a battery, for example).
- Architecture a. To apportion (weight) evenly, as over a door.b. To relieve (a part) of excess weight by distribution of pressure.
- To clear the record of the loan of (a returned library book).
- a. To relieve (a ship, for example) of a burden or of contents; unload.b. To unload or empty (contents).
- a. To go off; fire: The musket discharged loudly.b. To pour forth, emit, or release contents.c. To become blurred, as a color or dye; run.
- To undergo the release of stored energy or electric charge.
- To get rid of a burden, load, or weight.
- The act of shooting or firing a projectile or weapon.
- a. A flowing out or pouring forth; emission; secretion: a discharge of pus.b. The amount or rate of emission or ejection.c. Something that is discharged, released, emitted, or excreted: a watery discharge.
- The act or an instance of removing an obligation, burden, or responsibility.
- a. Fulfillment of the terms of something, such as a debt or promise.b. Performance, as of an office or duty.
- a. Dismissal or release from employment, service, care, or confinement.b. An official document certifying such release, especially from military service.
- Electricity a. Release of stored energy in a capacitor by the flow of current between its terminals.b. Conversion of chemical energy to electric energy in a storage battery.c. A flow of electricity in a dielectric, especially in a rarefied gas.d. Elimination of net electric charge from a charged body.
- The act of removing a load or burden.
Origin of dischargeMiddle English dischargen from Old French deschargier from Vulgar Latin discarricāre to unload Latin dis- dis- Latin carricāre to load ; see charge .
(third-person singular simple present discharges, present participle discharging, simple past and past participle discharged)
- To accomplish or complete, as an obligation.
- To free of a debt, claim, obligation, responsibility, accusation, etc.; to absolve; to acquit; to clear.
- To send away (a credit) satisfied by payment; to pay one's debt or obligation to.
- To set aside; to annul; to dismiss.
- To expel or let go.
- To let fly, as a missile; to shoot.
- (electricity) To release (an accumulated charge).
- To relieve of an office or employment; to send away from service; to dismiss.
- To release legally from confinement; to set at liberty.
- to discharge a prisoner
- To operate (any weapon that fires a projectile, such as a shotgun or sling).
- To release (an auxiliary assumption) from the list of assumptions used in arguments, and return to the main argument.
- To unload a ship or another means of transport.
- To put forth, or remove, as a charge or burden; to take out, as that with which anything is loaded or filled.
- to discharge a cargo
- To give forth; to emit or send out.
- A pipe discharges water.
- To let fly; to give expression to; to utter.
- He discharged a horrible oath.
(countable and uncountable, plural discharges)
- (medicine) (uncountable) pus or exudate (other than blood) from a wound or orifice, usually due to infection or pathology
- the act of accomplishing (an obligation); performance
- the act of expelling or letting go
- (electricity) the act of releasing an accumulated charge
- (medicine) the act of releasing an inpatient from hospital
- (military) the act of releasing a member of the armed forces from service
- (hydrology) the volume of water transported by a river in a certain amount of time, usually in units of m3/s (cubic meters per second)
From Anglo-Norman descharger, from Old French deschargier, from Late Latin discarricō.
discharge - Legal Definition