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.
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The spark that generated the blue jet may have been a special kind of short-range electric discharge inside the thundercloud, Neubert says.Space station detectors found the source of weird ‘blue jet’ lightning|Maria Temming|January 21, 2021|Science News
And, in addition, in Wisconsin, we were able to link those data up to hospital admissions and discharge data so we got really detailed information about the kinds of injuries and the length of stays in hospitals and whatnot.How Much Do We Really Care About Children? (Ep. 447)|Stephen J. Dubner|January 14, 2021|Freakonomics
Oscillating air discharge helps distribute cool air evenly throughout the space.Best portable air conditioner: Cool off where you need it most|Eric Alt|December 17, 2020|Popular Science
The film shows that based in part on procedural action taken by Thompson at the hearing, Cammermyer’s attorneys were able to persuade a federal court judge to overturn the discharge, resulting in Cammermeyer’s reinstatement in the Army in 1994.
SARS-CoV-2 spreads mainly through respiratory droplets — spatters of virus-laden discharge from the mouth and nose, according to the World Health Organization.COVID-19 infection lingers in the gut, even after it clears the respiratory system, researchers say|Claire Zillman, reporter|September 8, 2020|Fortune
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
After an early discharge from the military, friends say Jordan Matson was searching for something.The U.S. Veteran and Wisconsin Boy Who Went to Fight ISIS in Syria|Jacob Siegel|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The film begins with her on stage, with a joke that Robespierre wrote about feminine discharge.Jenny Slate’s Earnest and Funny Abortion Film ‘Obvious Child’|Caryn James|June 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Army court-martialed him, sentencing him to 30 days' confinement and a dishonorable discharge.We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night|Nathan Bradley Bethea|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The reveillée of the sleeping Mexicans was the discharge of our two field-pieces loaded with canister.
On the 6th of March they met eleven Flemish ships, and they saluted each other by a discharge of cannon.
The discharge-valve was then opened for a moment, allowing a blast of steam to escape, reducing the pressure say to one-half.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
After one month, and within a year from the adjudication of bankruptcy, the bankrupt may apply for a discharge.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
In tuberculous disease the tubercle bacillus is present in the discharge, but its detection offers some difficulties.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
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