verb (used with object), dis·charged, dis·charg·ing.
- to release (a defendant, especially one under confinement).
- to release (a bankrupt) from former debts.
- to cancel (a contract).
- to release (bail).
verb (used without object), dis·charged, dis·charg·ing.
- an acquittal or exoneration.
- an annulment, as of a court order.
- the freeing of one held under legal process.
- 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
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|Marlow Stern|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tim Mak|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“With a discharge petition, the blame is no longer just on the House Republican leadership,” Chinn added.
The latest maneuver by the Democrats is something called a discharge petition.
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|DAILY BEAST
Lloyd Morgan has prettily likened the vital processes to the periodic formation and discharge of explosive substances.On Germinal Selection as a Source of Definite Variation|August Weismann
The spores are aided in their discharge and dissemination by four club-shaped threads attached to one part of them.The Elements of Botany|Asa Gray
I fancy they discharge their duties in voting rather faithfully, though they do not often take part in caucuses or conventions.Literature and Life|William Dean Howells
He is very sensible, a good preacher, and conscientious in the discharge of his duty.The Works of William Cowper|William Cowper
But Charlie is dead; and the discharge was only a few moments ago.The Cabin on the Prairie|C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson
British Dictionary definitions for discharge
- 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
- to spread (weight) evenly over a supporting member
- to relieve a member of (excess weight) by distribution of pressure
noun (ˈdɪstʃɑːdʒ, dɪsˈtʃɑːdʒ)
- dismissal or release from an office, job, institution, etc
- the document certifying such release
- 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