transitive verb discharged, discharging
- 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)
ME dischargen < OFr descharger < VL *discarricare, to unload < L dis-, from + carrus, wagon, car
- 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
OFr descharge < the v.