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.
- discharge lamp,
- discharge printing,
- discharge tube,
Origin of discharge
Examples from the Web for discharged
It was the very day her father, Solomon, was discharged from the ETU.
Just last week, it was reported that the 44-year-old Hunter was discharged from the Navy after testing positive for cocaine.Where There’s Trouble, You’ll Usually Find Joe Biden|Lloyd Green|October 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The motorcyclist has since been discharged from hospital, while the taxi driver is in a 'stable' condition, the Mail reports.Prince Harry's High Speed Crash Drama Prompts Terror Alert|Tom Sykes|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She is discharged from the hospital and dies three months later in her sleep.Real Life Lazarus: When Patients Rise From the Dead|Sandeep Jauhar|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She got better with each passing day and was discharged from the hospital after three weeks, herself a survivor.Infected Ebola Doctor Kent Brantly Is an Endangered Hero|Michael Daly|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And with great composure the Corporal drew out a well-filled purse, and discharged the bill.Eugene Aram, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
At the age of 16 he was charged with the offence of vagrancy, convicted and discharged.Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders|W. H. Triggs, Donald McGavin, Frederick Truby King, J. Sands Elliot, Ada G. Patterson, C.E. Matthews and J. Beck
While you are looking, what was your rank when you were discharged?Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Some men are born leisurely, some achieve leisure, and some are discharged by their employers.The Idiot at Home|John Kendrick Bangs
Wash with alcohol until no more colour is discharged and the alcohol runs away clear and colourless.The Elements of Bacteriological Technique|John William Henry Eyre
- 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
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.