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Definition of "discharge" []

  • To relieve of a burden or of contents; unload. (verb-transitive)
  • To unload or empty (contents). (verb-transitive)
  • To release, as from confinement, care, or duty: discharge a patient; discharge a soldier. (verb-transitive)
  • To let go; empty out: a train discharging commuters. (verb-transitive)
  • To pour forth; emit: a vent discharging steam. (verb-transitive)
  • To release or allow to go (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To dismiss from or relieve of duty, office, employment, etc (verb)
  • To fire or be fired, as a gun (verb)
  • To pour forth or cause to pour forth (verb)
  • To remove (the cargo) from (a boat, etc); unload (verb)
  • To perform (the duties of) or meet (the demands of an office, obligation, etc) (verb)
  • To relieve oneself of (a responsibility, debt, etc) (verb)
  • To lose or remove electric charge (verb)
  • To form an arc, spark, or corona in a gas (verb)
  • To take or supply electrical current from a cell or battery (verb)
  • To release (a prisoner from custody, etc) (verb)
  • To remove dye from (a fabric), as by bleaching (verb)
  • (of a dye or colour) to blur or run (verb)
  • To spread (weight) evenly over a supporting member (verb)
  • To relieve a member of (excess weight) by distribution of pressure (verb)
  • A person or thing that is discharged (noun)
  • Dismissal or release from an office, job, institution, etc (noun)
  • The document certifying such release (noun)
  • The fulfilment of an obligation or release from a responsibility or liability (noun)
  • The act of removing a load, as of cargo (noun)
  • A pouring forth of a fluid; emission (noun)
  • The act of firing a projectile (noun)
  • The volley, bullet, missile, etc, fired (noun)
  • A release, as of a person held under legal restraint (noun)
  • An annulment, as of a court order (noun)
  • The act or process of removing or losing charge or of equalizing a potential difference (noun)
  • A transient or continuous conduction of electricity through a gas by the formation and movement of electrons and ions in an applied electric field (noun)
  • The volume of fluid flowing along a pipe or a channel in unit time (noun)
  • The output rate of a plant or piece of machinery, such as a pump (noun)

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Use "discharge" in a sentence
  • "Records Center to black out specific blocks of text regarding the nature/reason for Mr. KENT†™ s discharge from the US Navy, and any speculation on my part as to the nature of that discharge is inappropriate without additional information."
  • "The agency that would change his discharge is the US Army Discharge"
  • "Those are truly happy whom Christ doth not condemn, for his discharge is a sufficient answer to all other challenges; they are all coram non judice -- before an unauthorized judge. (b.)"