Discharge meaning

dĭs-chärj'
To perform the obligations or demands of (an office, duty, or task).
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A flowing out or pouring forth; emission; secretion.

A discharge of pus.

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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.

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To remove from office or employment.
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To comply with the terms of (a debt or promise, for example).
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To release from debt, as in bankruptcy.
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To remove (color) from cloth, as by chemical bleaching.
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To cause the release of stored energy or electric charge from (a battery, for example).
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To clear the record of the loan of (a returned library book).
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To release, as from confinement, care, or duty.

Discharge a patient; discharge a soldier.

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To let go; empty out.

A train discharging commuters.

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To pour forth; emit.

A vent discharging steam.

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To shoot.

Discharge a pistol.

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To apportion (weight) evenly, as over a door.
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To relieve (a part) of excess weight by distribution of pressure.
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To relieve (a ship, for example) of a burden or of contents; unload.
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To unload or empty (contents).
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To undergo the release of stored energy or electric charge.
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To get rid of a burden, load, or weight.
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To go off; fire.

The musket discharged loudly.

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To pour forth, emit, or release contents.
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To become blurred, as a color or dye; run.
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The act of shooting or firing a projectile or weapon.
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The act or an instance of removing an obligation, burden, or responsibility.
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The act of removing a load or burden.
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The amount or rate of emission or ejection.
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Something that is discharged, released, emitted, or excreted.

A watery discharge.

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Fulfillment of the terms of something, such as a debt or promise.
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Performance, as of an office or duty.
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Dismissal or release from employment, service, care, or confinement.
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An official document certifying such release, especially from military service.
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Release of stored energy in a capacitor by the flow of current between its terminals.
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Conversion of chemical energy to electric energy in a storage battery.
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A flow of electricity in a dielectric, especially in a rarefied gas.
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Elimination of net electric charge from a charged body.
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To relieve of or release from something that burdens or confines.
  • 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.
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To release or remove (that by which one is burdened or confined)
  • To unload (a cargo).
  • To shoot (a projectile).
  • To remove (dye) from cloth.
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To relieve oneself or itself of (a burden, load, etc.)
  • To throw off; send forth; emit.
    To discharge pus.
  • To get rid of; acquit oneself of; pay (a debt) or perform (a duty).
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To remove stored energy from (a battery or capacitor)
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To relieve (a wall, etc.) of excess pressure by distribution of weight.
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To distribute (weight) evenly over a supporting part.
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To get rid of a burden, load, etc.
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To be released or thrown off.
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To fire; go off: said of a gun, etc.
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To emit waste matter.
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To run: said of a dye.
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To lose or give off a stored electrical charge.
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A discharging or being discharged.
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That which discharges, as a legal order for release, a certificate of dismissal from military service, etc.
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That which is discharged, as pus from a sore.
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A flow of electric current across a gap, as in a spark or arc.
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To emit a substance, as by excretion or secretion.
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To release a patient from custody or care.
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To generate an electrical impulse. Used of a neuron.
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The act of releasing, emitting, or secreting.
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A substance that is excreted or secreted.
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The generation of an electrical impulse by a neuron.
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The conversion of chemical energy to electric energy within a storage battery.
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A flow of electricity in a dielectric, especially in a rarefied gas.
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A flowing out or pouring forth, as of a bodily fluid; emission or secretion.
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A substance or material that is released, emitted, or excreted, especially from the body.
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To undergo or cause the release of stored energy or electric charge, as from a battery or capacitor.
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To release, emit, or excrete a substance, especially from the body.
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A debtor’s release from a debt upon payment in full or upon adjudication of bankruptcy; the release of an inmate from prison; the termination of an employee; the act of releasing jurors from any further obligation, upon the giving of a verdict or the settlement or dismissal of the trial in which they serve.
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To accomplish or complete, as an obligation.
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To free of a debt, claim, obligation, responsibility, accusation, etc.; to absolve; to acquit; to clear.
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To send away (a credit) satisfied by payment; to pay one's debt or obligation to.
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To set aside; to annul; to dismiss.
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To expel or let go.
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To let fly, as a missile; to shoot.
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(electricity) To release (an accumulated charge).
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To relieve of an office or employment; to send away from service; to dismiss.
  • (medicine) To release (an inpatient) from hospital.
  • (military) To release (a member of the armed forces) from service.
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To release legally from confinement; to set at liberty.

To discharge a prisoner.

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To operate (any weapon that fires a projectile, such as a shotgun or sling).
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To release (an auxiliary assumption) from the list of assumptions used in arguments, and return to the main argument.
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To unload a ship or another means of transport.
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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.

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To give forth; to emit or send out.

A pipe discharges water.

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To let fly; to give expression to; to utter.

He discharged a horrible oath.

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(medicine) (uncountable) Pus or exudate (other than blood) from a wound or orifice, usually due to infection or pathology.
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The act of accomplishing (an obligation); performance.
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The act of expelling or letting go.
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(electricity) The act of releasing an accumulated charge.
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(medicine) The act of releasing an inpatient from hospital.
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(military) The act of releasing a member of the armed forces from service.
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(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)
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Origin of discharge

Middle English dischargen from Old French deschargier from Vulgar Latin discarricāre to unload Latin dis- dis- Latin carricāre to load charge