- abatement or relief from bodily or mental work, effort, application, etc.
- an activity or recreation that provides such relief; diversion; entertainment.
- a loosening or slackening.
- diminution or remission of strictness or severity.
- Mathematics. a numerical procedure for solving systems of equations by successive approximations of the variables.
- the return of a system undergoing dissipation to an initial state of equilibrium after being displaced from it.
- the approach to steady-state operation of a system that has undergone dissipation and a change in state or has been subjected to an abrupt periodic disturbance.
Origin of relaxation
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Examples from the Web for relaxation
Everything is meant to be utilitarian and efficient, at the expense of relaxation or comfort.Why Smart People Are Dumb Patients
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After working up a sweat, the “Erotic Pleasure Palace” offers a moment of relaxation.A Bouncy House of Boobs, A Quest for the G-Spot, and More Erotic Fun at the Carnival of Sex
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It also includes unique coping methods, such as voice-recorded mindfulness and relaxation exercises, or relaxing music.10 Best Apps to Train Your Brain
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Doc Severinsen, when he retired from The Tonight Show, came for solace and relaxation and got that and much more.The Second Life of San Miguel de Allende
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Just a few miles from Saint-Tropez, this resort is primarily a place for summer relaxation.Best Luxury Boot Camps to Get Fit in 2014
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It was simply as to the amount of relaxation the country could bear in the duties.The Grand Old Man
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There was no least relaxation in the stubborn lines of his face.Within the Law
With his whole soul, he marvelled at her softness and relaxation.Dust
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As a relaxation from business, he visited some friends in the West.Cleveland Past and Present
But the non-arrival of the foe caused a relaxation of vigilance.Chronicles of Border Warfare
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- rest or refreshment, as after work or effort; recreation
- a form of rest or recreationhis relaxation is cricket
- a partial lessening of a punishment, duty, etc
- the act of relaxing or state of being relaxed
- physics the return of a system to equilibrium after a displacement from this state
- maths a method by which errors resulting from an approximation are reduced by using new approximations
Word Origin and History for relaxation
late 14c., "rupture; mid-15c., "remission of a burden or penalty," from Old French relaxacion (14c.) and directly from Latin relaxationem (nominative relaxatio) "an easing, mitigation, relaxation," noun of action from past participle stem of relaxare (see relax). Meaning "relief from hard work or ordinary cares" is from 1540s.
- The act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed.
- Refreshment of body or mind.
- A loosening or slackening.
- The lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers.