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discharge


  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discharge  \Dis*charge"\,  n.  (Elec.) 
  The  equalization  of  a  difference  of  electric  potential 
  between  two  points.  The  character  of  the  discharge  is  mostly 
  determined  by  the  nature  of  the  medium  through  which  it  takes 
  place  the  amount  of  the  difference  of  potential,  and  the 
  form  of  the  terminal  conductors  on  which  the  difference 
  exists.  The  discharge  may  be  alternating,  continuous,  brush, 
  connective,  disruptive,  glow,  oscillatory,  stratified,  etc 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discharge  \Dis*charge"\,  v.  t.  (Textile  Dyeing  &  Printing) 
  To  bleach  out  or  to  remove  or  efface,  as  by  a  chemical 
  process;  as  to  discharge  the  color  from  a  dyed  fabric  in 
  order  to  form  light  figures  on  a  dark  ground. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discharge  \Dis*charge"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Discharged};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Discharging}.]  [OE.  deschargen  dischargen,  OF 
  deschargier  F.  d['e]charger;  pref.  des-  (L.  dis)  +  chargier, 
  F.  charger.  See  {Charge}.] 
  1.  To  relieve  of  a  charge,  load,  or  burden;  to  empty  of  a 
  load  or  cargo;  to  unburden;  to  unload;  as  to  discharge  a 
  vessel. 
 
  2.  To  free  of  the  missile  with  which  anything  is  charged  or 
  loaded;  to  let  go  the  charge  of  as  to  discharge  a  bow, 
  catapult,  etc.;  especially,  said  of  firearms,  --  to  fire 
  off  to  shoot  off  also  to  relieve  from  a  state  of 
  tension,  as  a  Leyden  jar. 
 
  The  galleys  also  did  oftentimes,  out  of  their  prows, 
  discharge  their  great  pieces  against  the  city. 
  --Knolles. 
 
  Feeling  in  other  cases  discharges  itself  in  indirect 
  muscular  actions.  --H.  Spencer. 
 
  3.  To  of  something  weighing  upon  or  impeding  over  one  as  a 
  debt,  claim,  obligation,  responsibility,  accusation,  etc.; 
  to  absolve;  to  acquit;  to  clear. 
 
  Discharged  of  business,  void  of  strife.  --Dryden. 
 
  In  one  man's  fault  discharge  another  man  of  his 
  duty.  --L'Estrange. 
 
  4.  To  relieve  of  an  office  or  employment;  to  send  away  from 
  service;  to  dismiss. 
 
  Discharge  the  common  sort  With  pay  and  thanks. 
  --Shak. 
 
  Grindal  .  .  .  was  discharged  the  government  of  his 
  see  --Milton. 
 
  5.  To  release  legally  from  confinement;  to  set  at  liberty; 
  as  to  discharge  a  prisoner. 
 
  6.  To  put  forth,  or  remove,  as  a  charge  or  burden;  to  take 
  out  as  that  with  which  anything  is  loaded  or  filled;  as 
  to  discharge  a  cargo. 
 
  7.  To  let  fly,  as  a  missile;  to  shoot. 
 
  They  do  discharge  their  shot  of  courtesy.  --Shak. 
 
  8.  To  set  aside;  to  annul;  to  dismiss. 
 
  We  say  such  an  order  was  ``discharged  on  appeal.'' 
  --Mozley  &  W. 
 
  The  order  for  Daly's  attendance  was  discharged. 
  --Macaulay. 
 
  9.  To  throw  off  the  obligation  of  as  a  duty  or  debt;  to 
  relieve  one's  self  of  by  fulfilling  conditions, 
  performing  duty,  trust,  and  the  like  hence  to  perform  or 
  execute,  as  an  office,  or  part 
 
  Had  I  a  hundred  tongues,  a  wit  so  large  As  could 
  their  hundred  offices  discharge.  --Dryden. 
 
  10.  To  send  away  (a  creditor)  satisfied  by  payment;  to  pay 
  one's  debt  or  obligation  to  [Obs.] 
 
  If  he  had  The  present  money  to  discharge  the  Jew. 
  --Shak. 
 
  11.  To  give  forth;  to  emit  or  send  out  as  a  pipe  discharges 
  water;  to  let  fly;  to  give  expression  to  to  utter;  as 
  to  discharge  a  horrible  oath. 
 
  12.  To  prohibit;  to  forbid.  [Scot.  Obs.]  --Sir  W.  Scott. 
 
  {Discharging  arch}  (Arch.),  an  arch  over  a  door,  window,  or 
  other  opening,  to  distribute  the  pressure  of  the  wall 
  above.  See  Illust.  of  {Lintel}. 
 
  {Discharging  piece},  {Discharging  strut}  (Arch.),  a  piece  set 
  to  carry  thrust  or  weight  to  a  solid  point  of  support. 
 
  {Discharging  rod}  (Elec.),  a  bent  wire,  with  knobs  at  both 
  ends  and  insulated  by  a  glass  handle.  It  is  employed  for 
  discharging  a  Leyden  jar  or  an  electrical  battery.  See 
  {Discharger}. 
 
  Syn:  See  {Deliver}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discharge  \Dis*charge"\,  v.  i. 
  To  throw  off  or  deliver  a  load,  charge,  or  burden;  to  unload; 
  to  emit  or  give  vent  to  fluid  or  other  contents;  as  the 
  water  pipe  discharges  freely. 
 
  The  cloud,  if  it  were  oily  or  fatty,  would  not 
  discharge.  --Bacon. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Discharge  \Dis*charge"\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  d['e]charge.  See 
  {Discharge},  v.  t.] 
  1.  The  act  of  discharging;  the  act  of  relieving  of  a  charge 
  or  load;  removal  of  a  load  or  burden;  unloading;  as  the 
  discharge  of  a  ship;  discharge  of  a  cargo. 
 
  2.  Firing  off  explosive  removal  of  a  charge;  explosion; 
  letting  off  as  a  discharge  of  arrows,  of  artillery. 
 
  3.  Act  of  relieving  of  something  which  oppresses  or  weighs 
  upon  one  as  an  obligation,  liability,  debt,  accusation, 
  etc.;  acquittance;  as  the  discharge  of  a  debtor. 
 
  4.  Act  of  removing,  or  getting  rid  of  an  obligation, 
  liability,  etc.;  fulfillment,  as  by  the  payment  of  a  debt, 
  or  the  performance  of  a  trust  or  duty. 
 
  Indefatigable  in  the  discharge  of  business. 
  --Motley. 
 
  Nothing  can  absolve  us  from  the  discharge  of  those 
  duties.  --L'Estrange. 
 
  5.  Release  or  dismissal  from  an  office,  employment,  etc.; 
  dismission;  as  the  discharge  of  a  workman  by  his 
  employer. 
 
  6.  Legal  release  from  confinement;  liberation;  as  the 
  discharge  of  a  prisoner. 
 
  7.  The  state  of  being  discharged  or  relieved  of  a  debt, 
  obligation,  office,  and  the  like  acquittal. 
 
  Too  secure  of  our  discharge  From  penalty.  --Milton. 
 
  8.  That  which  discharges  or  releases  from  an  obligation, 
  liability,  penalty,  etc.,  as  a  price  of  ransom,  a  legal 
  document. 
 
  Death,  who  sets  all  free  Hath  paid  his  ransom  now 
  and  full  discharge.  --Milton. 
 
  9.  A  flowing  or  issuing  out  emission;  vent;  evacuation; 
  also  that  which  is  discharged  or  emitted;  as  a  rapid 
  discharge  of  water  from  the  pipe. 
 
  The  hemorrhage  being  stopped,  the  next  occurrence  is 
  a  thin  serous  discharge.  --S.  Sharp. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  discharge 
  n  1:  the  sudden  giving  off  of  energy 
  2:  the  act  of  venting  [syn:  {venting}] 
  3:  a  substance  that  is  emitted  or  released  [syn:  {emission}] 
  4:  any  of  several  bodily  processes  by  which  substances  go  out 
  of  the  body;  "the  discharge  of  pus"  [syn:  {emission},  {expelling}] 
  5:  electrical  conduction  through  a  gas  in  an  applied  electric 
  field  [syn:  {spark},  {arc},  {electric  arc},  {electric 
  discharge}] 
  6:  the  pouring  forth  of  a  fluid  [syn:  {outpouring},  {run}] 
  7:  the  act  of  terminating  someone's  employment  [syn:  {dismissal}, 
  {firing},  {liberation},  {release},  {sack},  {sacking}] 
  8:  a  formal  written  statement  of  relinquishment  [syn:  {release}, 
  {waiver}] 
  9:  the  act  of  discharging  a  gun  [syn:  {firing},  {firing  off}] 
  v  1:  complete  or  carry  out  "discharge  one's  duties"  [syn:  {dispatch}, 
  {complete}] 
  2:  pour  forth  or  release;  esp.  of  liquids 
  3:  free  from  obligations  or  duties  [syn:  {free}] 
  4:  remove  the  charge  from  [ant:  {charge}] 
  5:  go  off  or  discharge;  "The  gun  fired"  [syn:  {fire},  {go  off}] 
  6:  pronounce  not  guilty  of  criminal  charges;  "The  suspect  was 
  cleared  of  the  murder  charges"  [syn:  {acquit},  {assoil},  {clear}, 
  {exonerate},  {exculpate}]  [ant:  {convict}] 
  7:  eliminate,  as  of  bodily  substances  [syn:  {expel},  {eject},  {release}] 
  8:  cause  to  go  off  "fire  a  gun";  "fire  a  bullet"  [syn:  {fire}] 
  9:  release  from  military  service  [syn:  {muster  out}]  [ant:  {enlist}] 
  10:  become  empty  or  void  of  its  content;  "The  room  emptied" 
  [syn:  {empty}]  [ant:  {fill}] 




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