Definitions of discharge

  1. To relieve of a charge, load, or burden; to empty of a load or cargo; to unburden; to unload; as, to discharge a vessel.
  2. To of something weighing upon or impeding over one, as a debt, claim, obligation, responsibility, accusation, etc.; to absolve; to acquit; to clear.
  3. To relieve of an office or employment; to send away from service; to dismiss.
  4. To release legally from confinement; to set at liberty; as, to discharge a prisoner.
  5. 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.
  6. To let fly, as a missile; to shoot.
  7. To set aside; to annul; to dismiss.
  8. 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.
  9. To send away ( a creditor) satisfied by payment; to pay one's debt or obligation to.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Firing off; explosive removal of a charge; explosion; letting off; as, a discharge of arrows, of artillery.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Release or dismissal from an office, employment, etc.; dismission; as, the discharge of a workman by his employer.
  16. Legal release from confinement; liberation; as, the discharge of a prisoner.
  17. The state of being discharged or relieved of a debt, obligation, office, and the like; acquittal.
  18. That which discharges or releases from an obligation, liability, penalty, etc., as a price of ransom, a legal document.
  19. A flowing or issuing out; emission; vent; evacuation; also, that which is discharged or emitted; as, a rapid discharge of water from the pipe.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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).
  23. 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.
  24. To unload; set free; dismiss; emit; fire, as a gun.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. To get rid of any burden.
  28. To break up.
  29. To unload cargo.
  30. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; " The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"
  31. become empty or void of its content; " The room emptied"
  32. cause to go off; " fire a gun"; " fire a bullet"
  33. go off or discharge; " The gun fired"
  34. To deliver a charge; unload a cargo or burden; send forth contents; shoot; fire; pour.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field
  38. the act of discharging a gun
  39. the termination of someone's employment ( leaving them free to depart)
  40. the sudden giving off of energy
  41. pour forth or release; " discharge liquids"
  42. remove the charge from
  43. leave or unload, especially of passengers or cargo;
  44. free from obligations or duties
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. Act of discharging: unloading: acquittance: dismissal: that which is discharged.
  49. Act of discharging; acquittal; release; anything discharged or emitted; firing of a gun.
  50. The act of discharging; an unloading; dismissal; release.
  51. That which discharges, as a certificate.
  52. That which is discharged, or thrown out or off, as from a wound.
  53. The act of discharging; unloading; emission; that which is discharged; dismissal; release; acquittal; payment; execution; exemption.
  54. A flowing or issuing out; dismission from office or employment; the written evidence of release from debt or obligation; liberation, as from imprisonment.