- the return of a system undergoing dissipation to an initial state of equilibrium after being displaced from it.
- the approach to steady-state operation of a system that has undergone dissipation and a change in state or has been subjected to an abrupt periodic disturbance.
Origin of relaxation
Examples from the Web for relaxation
Everything is meant to be utilitarian and efficient, at the expense of relaxation or comfort.
After working up a sweat, the “Erotic Pleasure Palace” offers a moment of relaxation.A Bouncy House of Boobs, A Quest for the G-Spot, and More Erotic Fun at the Carnival of Sex|Justin Jones|June 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It also includes unique coping methods, such as voice-recorded mindfulness and relaxation exercises, or relaxing music.
Doc Severinsen, when he retired from The Tonight Show, came for solace and relaxation and got that and much more.
Just a few miles from Saint-Tropez, this resort is primarily a place for summer relaxation.
It is only when in port that some relaxation comes into the midshipman's life.Dave Darrin's Second Year at Annapolis|H. Irving Hancock
As for the men, their opportunities of relaxation are more circumscribed.Leaves from a Field Note-Book|J. H. Morgan
So it is something of a relaxation to get among the easy-going once more.Letters from China and Japan|John Dewey
This misfortune did not produce any relaxation in our exertions.
We were never idle, we were always hungry, and we never had any opportunities for relaxation.The Record of Nicholas Freydon|A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for relaxation
Word Origin and History for relaxation
late 14c., "rupture; mid-15c., "remission of a burden or penalty," from Old French relaxacion (14c.) and directly from Latin relaxationem (nominative relaxatio) "an easing, mitigation, relaxation," noun of action from past participle stem of relaxare (see relax). Meaning "relief from hard work or ordinary cares" is from 1540s.