- to relieve of a charge or load; unload: to discharge a ship.
- to remove or send forth: They discharged the cargo at New York.
- to fire or shoot (a firearm or missile): to discharge a gun.
- to pour forth; emit: to discharge oil; to discharge a stream of invective.
- to relieve oneself of (an obligation, burden, etc.).
- to relieve of obligation, responsibility, etc.
- to fulfill, perform, or execute (a duty, function, etc.).
- to relieve or deprive of office, employment, etc.; dismiss from service.
- to release, send away, or allow to go (often followed by from): The children were discharged early from school. They discharged him from prison.
- to pay (a debt).
- to release (a defendant, especially one under confinement).
- to release (a bankrupt) from former debts.
- to cancel (a contract).
- to release (bail).
- (in a legislative body) to order (a committee) to cease further consideration of a bill so that it can be voted on.
- Electricity. to rid (a battery, capacitor, etc.) of a charge of electricity.
- Dyeing. to free from a dye, as by chemical bleaching.
- to get rid of a burden or load.
- to deliver a charge or load.
- to pour forth.
- to go off or fire, as a firearm or missile.
- to blur or run, as a color or dye.
- Electricity. to lose or give up a charge of electricity.
- the act of discharging a ship, load, etc.
- the act of firing a weapon, as an arrow by drawing and releasing the string of the bow, or a gun by exploding the charge of powder.
- a sending or coming forth, as of water from a pipe; ejection; emission.
- the rate or amount of such issue.
- something sent forth or emitted.
- a relieving, ridding, or getting rid of something of the nature of a charge.
- an acquittal or exoneration.
- an annulment, as of a court order.
- the freeing of one held under legal process.
- a relieving or being relieved of obligation or liability; fulfillment of an obligation.
- the payment of a debt.
- a release or dismissal, as from prison, an office, or employment.
- a certificate of such a release or a certificate of release from obligation or liability.
- the act or process of ordering a legislative committee to cease further consideration of a bill so that it can be voted on.
- the separation of a person from military service.
- a certificate of such separation.
- the removal or transference of an electric charge, as by the conversion of chemical energy to electrical energy.
- the equalization of a difference of potential, as between two terminals.
Origin of discharge
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Examples from the Web for discharge
When you get the kind of discharge I had, they give you a suit and fifty dollars.The Renegade: Robert Downey Sr. on His Classic Films, Son’s Battle with Drugs, and Bill Cosby
November 26, 2014
But even as he was receiving awards, the military brass was processing his discharge—they had found out he was transgender.Yes to LGB, No to T: The Pentagon Still Has a Transgender Ban
October 21, 2014
“With a discharge petition, the blame is no longer just on the House Republican leadership,” Chinn added.Immigration Activists Blast Obama
March 27, 2014
The latest maneuver by the Democrats is something called a discharge petition.House GOP Won't Budge On Clean CR
October 7, 2013
After his discharge, Alexis worked as a computer defense contractor in Japan, according to a regular customer at Happy Bowl.Investigators Search for Clues to What Motivated Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis
Ben Jacobs, Miranda Green
September 17, 2013
"Discharge the boy from your employment," said his wife, promptly.
So I am to report my discharge to you, and ask you for my wages.
The discharge is proportional to the square root of the pressure.
Lighters were brought alongside, and we began to discharge our flour into them.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
But I discharge you of it; at least, while I have the happiness of nearer and dearer relations.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
- (tr) to release or allow to gothe hospital discharged the patient
- (tr) to dismiss from or relieve of duty, office, employment, etc
- to fire or be fired, as a gun
- to pour forth or cause to pour forththe boil discharges pus
- (tr) to remove (the cargo) from (a boat, etc); unload
- (tr) to perform (the duties of) or meet (the demands of an office, obligation, etc)he discharged his responsibilities as mayor
- (tr) to relieve oneself of (a responsibility, debt, etc)
- (intr) physics
- to lose or remove electric charge
- to form an arc, spark, or corona in a gas
- to take or supply electrical current from a cell or battery
- (tr) law to release (a prisoner from custody, etc)
- (tr) to remove dye from (a fabric), as by bleaching
- (intr) (of a dye or colour) to blur or run
- (tr) architect
- to spread (weight) evenly over a supporting member
- to relieve a member of (excess weight) by distribution of pressure
- a person or thing that is discharged
- dismissal or release from an office, job, institution, etc
- the document certifying such release
- the fulfilment of an obligation or release from a responsibility or liabilityhonourable discharge
- the act of removing a load, as of cargo
- a pouring forth of a fluid; emission
- the act of firing a projectile
- the volley, bullet, missile, etc, fired
- a release, as of a person held under legal restraint
- an annulment, as of a court order
- the act or process of removing or losing charge or of equalizing a potential difference
- a transient or continuous conduction of electricity through a gas by the formation and movement of electrons and ions in an applied electric field
- the volume of fluid flowing along a pipe or a channel in unit time
- the output rate of a plant or piece of machinery, such as a pump
Word Origin and History for discharge
early 14c., "to exempt, exonerate, release," from Old French deschargier (12c., Modern French décharger) "to unload, discharge," from Late Latin discarricare, from dis- "do the opposite of" (see dis-) + carricare "load" (see charge (v.)).
Meaning "to unload, to free from" is late 14c. Of weapons, from 1550s. The electrical sense is first attested 1748. Meaning "to fulfill, to perform one's duties" is from c.1400. Related: Discharged; discharging.
late 14c., "relief from misfortune," see discharge (v.). Meaning "release from work or duty" is from early 15c.
- To emit a substance, as by excretion or secretion.
- To release a patient from custody or care.
- To generate an electrical impulse. Used of a neuron.
- The act of releasing, emitting, or secreting.
- A substance that is excreted or secreted.
- The generation of an electrical impulse by a neuron.
- The conversion of chemical energy to electric energy within a storage battery.
- A flow of electricity in a dielectric, especially in a rarefied gas.
- A flowing out or pouring forth, as of a bodily fluid; emission or secretion.
- A substance or material that is released, emitted, or excreted, especially from the body.
- To undergo or cause the release of stored energy or electric charge, as from a battery or capacitor.
- To release, emit, or excrete a substance, especially from the body.