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
Synonyms for discharge
Related Words for dischargingparole, pardon, clearance, firing, flow, emission, seepage, disbursement, oust, acquit, expel, dismiss, release, exonerate, unload, terminate, displace, remove, replace, exempt
Examples from the Web for discharging
Historical Examples of discharging
We were discharging sugar at Charleston, in very heavy casks.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
They were even denied the relief of discharging their chassepots.The Downfall
On Florent's left some waggons were discharging fresh loads of cabbages.The Fat and the Thin
Carriages were driving up, discharging their occupants and going on.The Manxman
Here was my chance of discharging the true errand on which I was returned.The Shame of Motley
- 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.