- Discharge is defined as to release, unload or dismiss.
- An example of discharge is pulling the trigger of a gun.
- An example of discharge is a prisoner being released from prison.
- 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: Middle English dischargen ; from Old French descharger ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form discarricare, to unload ; from Classical Latin dis-, from plush 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: OFr descharge < the v.
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verb dis·charged, dis·charg·ing, dis·charg·es verb, transitive
- a. To relieve of a burden or of contents; unload.b. To unload or empty (contents).
- 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). See Synonyms at perform.
- To comply with the terms of (a debt or promise, for example).
- Law a. To acquit completely: discharged the defendant.b. To set aside; annul: discharge a court order.
- 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).
- To get rid of a burden, load, or weight.
- 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.
- The act of removing a load or burden.
- 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.
- Law An annulment or acquittal; dismissal, as of a court order.
- 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.
Origin: Middle English dischargen, from Old French deschargier, from Late Latin discarricāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Late Latin carricāre, to load; see charge.
- dis·chargeˈa·ble adjective
- disˌcharg·eeˈ noun
- dis·chargˈer noun
discharge - Business Definition
- To dismiss from employment.
- To comply with the terms of a debt or other obligation.
discharge - Legal Definition
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discharge - Medical Definition
- To emit a substance, as by excretion or secretion.
- To release a patient from custody or care.
- To generate an electrical impulse. Used of a neuron.
- The act of releasing, emitting, or secreting.
- A substance that is excreted or secreted.
- The generation of an electrical impulse by a neuron.
discharge - Science Definition
- The conversion of chemical energy to electric energy within a storage battery.
- A flow of electricity in a dielectric, especially in a rarefied gas.
- A flowing out or pouring forth, as of a bodily fluid; emission or secretion.
- A substance or material that is released, emitted, or excreted, especially from the body.
- To undergo or cause the release of stored energy or electric charge, as from a battery or capacitor.
- To release, emit, or excrete a substance, especially from the body.
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