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discharge

  

      vb  
1    tr   to release or allow to go  
the hospital discharged the patient     
2    tr   to dismiss from or relieve of duty, office, employment, etc.  
3    to fire or be fired, as a gun  
4    to pour forth or cause to pour forth  
the boil discharges pus     
5    tr   to remove (the cargo) from (a boat, etc.); unload  
6    tr   to perform (the duties of) or meet (the demands of an office, obligation, etc.)  
he discharged his responsibilities as mayor     
7    tr   to relieve oneself of (a responsibility, debt, etc.)  
8    intr     (Physics)  
a    to lose or remove electric charge  
b    to form an arc, spark, or corona in a gas  
c    to take or supply electrical current from a cell or battery  
9    tr     (Law)   to release (a prisoner from custody, etc.)  
10    tr   to remove dye from (a fabric), as by bleaching  
11    intr   (of a dye or colour) to blur or run  
12    tr     (Architect)  
a    to spread (weight) evenly over a supporting member  
b    to relieve a member of (excess weight) by distribution of pressure  
      n  
13    a person or thing that is discharged  
14   
a    dismissal or release from an office, job, institution, etc.  
b    the document certifying such release  
15    the fulfilment of an obligation or release from a responsibility or liability  
16    the act of removing a load, as of cargo  
17    a pouring forth of a fluid; emission  
18   
a    the act of firing a projectile  
b    the volley, bullet, missile, etc., fired  
19      (Law)  
a    a release, as of a person held under legal restraint  
b    an annulment, as of a court order  
20      (Physics)  
a    the act or process of removing or losing charge or of equalizing a potential difference  
b    a transient or continuous conduction of electricity through a gas by the formation and movement of electrons and ions in an applied electric field  
  dischargeable      adj  
  discharger      n  


brush discharge  
      n   a slightly luminous electrical discharge between points of high charge density when the charge density is insufficient to cause a spark or around sharp points on a highly charged conductor because of ionization of air molecules in their vicinity  
corona discharge  
      n   an electrical discharge appearing on and around the surface of a charged conductor, caused by ionization of the surrounding gas,   (Also called)    corona      See also       Saint Elmo's fire  
discharge tube  
      n     (Electronics)   an electrical device in which current flow is by electrons and ions in an ionized gas, as in a fluorescent light or neon tube  
disruptive discharge  
      n   a sudden large increase in current through an insulating medium resulting from failure of the medium to withstand an applied electric field  
electric discharge  
      n     (Physics)      another name for       discharge       20b  
electric-discharge lamp  
      n      another name for       fluorescent lamp  
gas-discharge tube  
      n     (Electronics)   any tube in which an electric discharge takes place through a gas  
glow discharge  
      n   a silent luminous discharge of electricity through a low-pressure gas  
honourable discharge  
      n      See       discharge       15  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
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discharge

  

      vb  
1    absolve, acquit, allow to go, clear, exonerate, free, liberate, pardon, release, set free  
      n  
2    acquittal, clearance, exoneration, liberation, pardon, release, remittance  
      vb  
3    cashier, discard, dismiss, eject, expel, fire     (informal)   give (someone) the boot     (slang)   give (someone) the sack     (informal)   oust, remove, sack     (informal)  
      n  
4    congé, demobilization, dismissal, ejection, the boot     (slang)   the (old) heave-ho     (informal)   the order of the boot     (slang)   the sack     (informal)  
      vb  
5    detonate, explode, fire, let loose     (informal)   let off, set off, shoot  
      n  
6    blast, burst, detonation, discharging, explosion, firing, fusillade, report, salvo, shot, volley  
      vb  
7    disembogue, dispense, emit, empty, excrete, exude, give off, gush, leak, ooze, pour forth, release, void  
      n  
8    emission, emptying, excretion, flow, ooze, pus, secretion, seepage, suppuration, vent, voiding  
      vb  
9    disburden, lighten, off-load, remove, unburden, unload  
      n  
10    disburdening, emptying, unburdening, unloading  
      vb  
11    accomplish, carry out, do, execute, fulfil, observe, perform  
      n  
12    accomplishment, achievement, execution, fulfilment, observance, performance  
      vb  
13    clear, honour, meet, pay, relieve, satisfy, settle, square up  
      n  
14    payment, satisfaction, settlement  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
n.
discharge
n.
1. the discharge or release of a person appearing in court of all criminal charges because they have been found not guilty. 2. a release from an obligation, duty, or debt.
legal E.g After the clear acquittal from the judge, he had to start his life all over again.
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