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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Origin of discharge
OTHER WORDS FROM discharge
Example sentences from the Web for discharge
Frohman left without a word, went out to the box-office and wrote a letter, discharging the stage-director.Charles Frohman: Manager and Man|Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
They did not give over firing, discharging their pieces and then falling back to seek a fresh cover.The Downfall|Emile Zola
It was discharging the function of a regular State government.Lincoln|Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
At my word 'break' you will break the sticks, this discharging the accumulated force instantly and simultaneously.Masters of Space|Edward Elmer Smith
I had visions of the Germans discharging gas for hours and killing everything that breathed for miles back of the lines.On the Fringe of the Great Fight|George G. Nasmith
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