- a relaxing or being relaxed; loosening, lessening of severity, etc.
- a lessening of or rest from work, worry, or effort
- recreation or other activity for bringing this about
Origin of relaxationClassical Latin relaxatio from past participle of relaxare
- The act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed.
- Refreshment of body or mind; recreation: played golf for relaxation.
- A loosening or slackening.
- A reduction in strictness or severity.
- Physiology The lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers.
- Physics The return or adjustment of a system to equilibrium following displacement or abrupt change.
- Mathematics A method of solving equations in which the errors resulting from an initial approximation are reduced by succeeding approximations until all errors are within specified limits.
- The act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed; the opposite of stress or tension; the aim of recreation and leisure activities.
- A diminution of tone, tension, or firmness; specifically in pathology: a looseness; a diminution of the natural and healthy tone of parts.
- relaxation of the soft palate
- Remission or abatement of rigor.
- Remission of attention or application.
- relaxation of efforts
- Unbending; recreation; a state or occupation intended to give mental or bodily relief after effort.
- (physics) The transition of an atom or molecule from a higher energy level to a lower one.
- (music) The release following musical tension.