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Definitions of discharge

  1. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; " The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
  2. electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field
  3. the act of discharging a gun
  4. a formal written statement of relinquishment
  5. the termination of someone's employment ( leaving them free to depart)
  6. the sudden giving off of energy
  7. the pouring forth of a fluid
  8. a substance that is emitted or released
  9. become empty or void of its content; " The room emptied"
  10. cause to go off; " fire a gun"; " fire a bullet"
  11. go off or discharge; " The gun fired"
  12. eliminate ( substances) from the body
  13. pour forth or release; " discharge liquids"
  14. remove the charge from
  15. leave or unload, especially of passengers or cargo;
  16. free from obligations or duties
  17. To relieve of a charge, load, or burden; to empty of a load or cargo; to unburden; to unload; as, to discharge a vessel.
  18. To of something weighing upon or impeding over one, as a debt, claim, obligation, responsibility, accusation, etc.; to absolve; to acquit; to clear.
  19. To relieve of an office or employment; to send away from service; to dismiss.
  20. To release legally from confinement; to set at liberty; as, to discharge a prisoner.
  21. To put forth, or remove, as a charge or burden; to take out, as that with which anything is loaded or filled; as, to discharge a cargo.
  22. To let fly, as a missile; to shoot.
  23. To set aside; to annul; to dismiss.
  24. To throw off the obligation of, as a duty or debt; to relieve one's self of, by fulfilling conditions, performing duty, trust, and the like; hence, to perform or execute, as an office, or part.
  25. To send away ( a creditor) satisfied by payment; to pay one's debt or obligation to.
  26. To give forth; to emit or send out; as, a pipe discharges water; to let fly; to give expression to; to utter; as, to discharge a horrible oath.
  27. To throw off or deliver a load, charge, or burden; to unload; to emit or give vent to fluid or other contents; as, the water pipe discharges freely.
  28. The act of discharging; the act of relieving of a charge or load; removal of a load or burden; unloading; as, the discharge of a ship; discharge of a cargo.
  29. Firing off; explosive removal of a charge; explosion; letting off; as, a discharge of arrows, of artillery.
  30. Act of relieving of something which oppresses or weighs upon one, as an obligation, liability, debt, accusation, etc.; acquittance; as, the discharge of a debtor.
  31. Act of removing, or getting rid of, an obligation, liability, etc.; fulfillment, as by the payment of a debt, or the performance of a trust or duty.
  32. Release or dismissal from an office, employment, etc.; dismission; as, the discharge of a workman by his employer.
  33. Legal release from confinement; liberation; as, the discharge of a prisoner.
  34. The state of being discharged or relieved of a debt, obligation, office, and the like; acquittal.
  35. That which discharges or releases from an obligation, liability, penalty, etc., as a price of ransom, a legal document.
  36. A flowing or issuing out; emission; vent; evacuation; also, that which is discharged or emitted; as, a rapid discharge of water from the pipe.
  37. To bleach out or to remove or efface, as by a chemical process; as, to discharge the color from a dyed fabric in order to form light figures on a dark ground.
  38. The equalization of a difference of electric potential between two points. The character of the discharge is mostly determined by the nature of the medium through which it takes place, the amount of the difference of potential, and the form of the terminal conductors on which the difference exists. The discharge may be alternating, continuous, brush, connective, disruptive, glow, oscillatory, stratified, etc.
  39. To free of the missile with which anything is charged or loaded; to let go the charge of; as, to discharge a bow, catapult, etc.; especially, said of firearms, - to fire off; to shoot off; also, to relieve from a state of tension, as a Leyden jar.
  40. To unload; send away; sent out; free from any burden; free from restraint; let fly, as an arrow; fire, as a gun; perform ( a trust or duty).
  41. To get rid of any burden.
  42. The act of unloading, or that which is unloaded; performance ( of duty); the getting rid of a burden; an explosion; a firing off ( of a gun); dismissal; liberation.
  43. To break up.
  44. To free from a charge: to unload or remove the cargo: to set free: to acquit: to dismiss: to fire, as a gun: to let out or emit.
  45. Act of discharging: unloading: acquittance: dismissal: that which is discharged.
  46. DISCHARGER.
  47. Act of discharging; acquittal; release; anything discharged or emitted; firing of a gun.
  48. To unload cargo.
  49. To unload; set free; dismiss; emit; fire, as a gun.
  50. To send forth; emit; unload, as a ship or cargo; fire, as a gun; dismiss, as an employee; set free; as a prisoner; pay, as a debt; perform, as a duty.
  51. To deliver a charge; unload a cargo or burden; send forth contents; shoot; fire; pour.
  52. The act of discharging; an unloading; dismissal; release.
  53. That which discharges, as a certificate.
  54. That which is discharged, or thrown out or off, as from a wound.
  55. To unload; to free from any load, burden, task; to let fly; to shoot; to pay; to send away by paying; to free from claim or demand, by giving a receipt in full; to free from an obligation; to clear from an accusation; to absolve; to give vent to; to perform or execute; to dismiss from service; to release.
  56. The act of discharging; unloading; emission; that which is discharged; dismissal; release; acquittal; payment; execution; exemption.
  57. To unload, as a ship; to free from any obligation or penalty by written evidence, & c.; to throw off or out; to let fly; to explode, as powder; to fire or let off, as a gun; to absolve or acquit; to free from claim or demand of money by a written acknowledgment of payment; to perform trust or duty; to deprive of office; to dismiss; to emit or send out; to set at liberty.
  58. A flowing or issuing out; dismission from office or employment; the written evidence of release from debt or obligation; liberation, as from imprisonment.

Usage examples for discharge

  1. I shall pay you up at the end of the week and then discharge you." – Hector's Inheritance or The Boys of Smith Institute by Horatio Alger
  2. A fearful discharge in front terrified him. – The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers
  3. I have only been waiting to discharge him; and to- day an occasion arose. – Vailima-Letters by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  4. In the few minutes, however, of his stay, he said,- " I have a debt to pay, Charles, and have come to discharge it. – Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2) by Charles Lever
  5. If I find it to be so, I shall discharge every one of them. – The Girl Aviators' Sky Cruise by Margaret Burnham
  6. I have seen enlarged cervical glands disappear without discharge when patients have taken up the outdoor life, and, above all, when they have gone out of the city and have lived the regime proper for those in whom tubercle bacilli are growing. – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  7. Lieutenant Speke had preceded his camels, and was sitting down to rest, when he was startled by hearing the rapid discharge of a revolver. – First Footsteps in East Africa or, an Exploration of Harar by Richard F. Burton
  8. " He only is faithful to himself who lives to discharge his duties," said the king. – Berlin and Sans-Souci by Louise Muhlbach
  9. However, he will not trouble you any more, as his discharge is to be immediately made out. – Newton Forster by Frederick Marryat
  10. You are in his debt, discharge it, and then call him a rascal if you have the conscience to do so. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  11. My father, I must come to you at once, discharge my promise, and receive from your own lips your consent to my choice; for you will consent, will you not? – Kenelm Chillingly, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  12. This function science can discharge equally well whether the changes of consciousness are or are not supposed to be movements in space. – Evolution by Frank B. Jevons
  13. It's my ship, and I- I discharge you. – The After House by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  14. I am a stranger; he does not know me; I am merely passing through the town to- night to discharge a matter which has been long in my mind. – The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) Last Updated: February 18, 2009
  15. I got his discharge, and meantime strove to prevent his drinking or going near Hayne. – The Deserter by Charles King
  16. Riddell went off to discharge the errand. – The Willoughby Captains by Talbot Baines Reed
  17. She has only got to wear off two hundred and ninety- two pounds more before Mr. Dorgan will discharge her away from the side- show. – Philo Gubb Correspondence-School Detective by Ellis Parker Butler
  18. If that failed, I would discharge him. – The Valley of Vision by Henry Van Dyke
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