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Meaning of DISCHARGE

Pronunciation:  [n]'dischârj, [v]dis'chârj, dis'chârj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of discharging a gun
  2. [n]  a formal written statement of relinquishment
  3. [n]  the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
  4. [n]  the act of venting
  5. [n]  the sudden giving off of energy
  6. [n]  the pouring forth of a fluid
  7. [n]  electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field
  8. [n]  any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body; "the discharge of pus"
  9. [n]  a substance that is emitted or released
  10. [v]  eliminate, as of bodily substances
  11. [v]  become empty or void of its content; "The room emptied"
  12. [v]  pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
  13. [v]  release from military service
  14. [v]  cause to go off; "fire a gun"; "fire a bullet"
  15. [v]  go off or discharge; "The gun fired"
  16. [v]  pour forth or release; esp. of liquids
  17. [v]  remove the charge from
  18. [v]  leave or unload, esp. of passengers or cargo;
  19. [v]  free from obligations or duties
  20. [v]  complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties"

DISCHARGE is a 9 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: acquit, arc, assoil, clear, complete, dismissal, dismission, dispatch, drop, eject, electric arc, electric discharge, emission, emission, empty, exculpate, exonerate, expel, expelling, fire, firing, firing off, free, liberation, muster out, outpouring, put down, release, release, run, sack, sacking, set down, spark, unload, venting, waiver
 Antonyms: charge, convict, draft, enlist, fill, fill up, muster in
 See Also: abort, activity, air-drop, bleed, blow, bodily function, bodily process, body process, breathe, brush discharge, cannon, carry, cashier, catamenia, change state, clear, conclusion, conge, corona, corona discharge, corposant, cough out, cough up, cut, deactivate, deactivation, deliver, demob, demobilise, demobilize, detonation, discharge, disembroil, disentangle, dishonorable discharge, disinvolve, disperse, distribute, divest, dot, drain, dust, effluvium, egest, ejaculate, ejaculation, eject, electric glow, electrical conduction, electrical discharge, eliminate, elimination, emanation, emission, emit, ending, eruct, eruption, escape, evacuation, excrete, excreting, excretion, execute, exemption, expectorate, explode, explosion, exudate, exudation, fester, flashover, flow, flow, flow away, flow off, flowing, force out, fusillade, go off, granting immunity, gun, happening, hemorrhage, immunity, inactivate, inactivation, jet, judge, label, leak, leakage, let drive, let fly, let go, let go of, liberate, loose off, material, maturate, menses, menstruation, natural event, occurrence, outflow, ovulate, pass, pass off, period, play, pop, pronounce, purge, release, relieve, relinquish, relinquishing, relinquishment, removal, remove, Saint Elmo's fire, Saint Elmo's light, Saint Ulmo's fire, Saint Ulmo's light, scatter, Section Eight, set free, shed blood, shoot, shooting, shot, spew, spew out, spirt, spit out, spit up, spread, sprinkle, spurt, squeeze out, squirt, squirt, St. Elmo's fire, stuff, superannuation, suppurate, take, take away, take over, termination, transudate, transudation, turn, vaginal discharge, vindicate, voiding, volcanic eruption, volley, wharf, whitewash, withdraw



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
    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.
             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.
             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.
    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.
    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
    Syn: See {Deliver}.
  2. \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.
  3. \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.
             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
    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
             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.
    {Charge and discharge}. (Equity Practice) See under {Charge},
    {Paralytic discharge} (Physiol.), the increased secretion
       from a gland resulting from the cutting of all of its
  4. \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.
  5. \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.
Biology Dictionary
    1. Volume of water flowing past a reference point per unit time (usually expressed as m3/s or cfs).
    2. Outflow of a water course. Rate of flow expressed in volume per unit of time (e.g., c.f.s. or acre feet per year).
    3. The flow of a stream in unit time, usually expressed in second-feet (cubic feet per second).
    1. The movement of a stream of water and/or other mobile substances from place to place; the movement of water.
    2. The moving water itself.
    3. The volume of water passing a given point per unit of time.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: The name given to the bankruptcy court's formal discharge of a debtor's debts. In probate, the release of the estate's representative from fiduciary responsibility.
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