Definitions for Dischargedɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ; ˈdɪs tʃɑrdʒ, dɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•charge*dɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ; ˈdɪs tʃɑrdʒ, dɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ(v.; n.)-charged, -charg•ing

  1. (v.t.)to relieve of a charge or load; unload:

    to discharge a ship.

  2. to remove or send forth:

    They discharged the cargo at New York.

  3. to fire or shoot (a firearm or missile).

    Category: Military

  4. to pour forth; emit:

    to discharge oil.

  5. to relieve oneself of (an obligation, burden, etc.).

  6. to relieve of obligation, responsibility, etc.

  7. to fulfill, perform, or execute (a duty, function, etc.).

  8. to relieve or deprive of office, employment, etc.; dismiss from service.

  9. to release, send away, or allow to go (often fol. by from):

    They discharged him from prison.

  10. to pay (a debt).

  11. Law. to release (a defendant, esp. one under confinement). to release (a bankrupt) from former debts. to cancel (a contract).

    Category: Law

  12. to order (a legislative committee) to cease further consideration of a bill so that it can be voted on.

    Category: Government

  13. to rid (a battery, capacitor, etc.) of a charge of electricity.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  14. to release or remove (dye or color) from a textile, as by chemical bleaching.

    Category: Textiles

  15. (v.i.)to get rid of a burden or load.

  16. to deliver a charge or load.

  17. to pour forth.

  18. to go off or fire, as a firearm or missile.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Military

  19. to blur or run, as a color or dye.

    Category: Textiles

  20. to lose or give up a charge of electricity.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  21. (n.)the act of discharging a ship, load, etc.

  22. the act of firing a weapon, as a gun, by exploding the charge of powder.

    Category: Military

  23. a sending or coming forth, as of water from a pipe; ejection; emission.

    Category: Hydraulogy

  24. the rate or amount of such issue.

  25. something sent forth or emitted.

  26. a relieving, ridding, or getting rid of something of the nature of a charge.

  27. Law. an acquittal or exoneration. an annulment, as of a court order. the freeing of one held under legal process.

    Category: Law

  28. a relieving or being relieved of obligation or liability; fulfillment of an obligation.

  29. the payment of a debt.

  30. a release or dismissal, as from prison, an office, or employment.

  31. a certificate of such a release or a certificate of release from obligation or liability.

  32. the separation of a person from military service. a certificate of such separation.

    Category: Military

  33. 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.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

* Syn: See release.

Origin of discharge:

1300–50; ME deschargen < AF descharger, OF < LL discarricāre=dis-dis -1+carricāre to load; see charge


Princeton's WordNet

  1. discharge(noun)

    the sudden giving off of energy

  2. discharge, venting(noun)

    the act of venting

  3. discharge, emission(noun)

    a substance that is emitted or released

  4. discharge, emission, expelling(noun)

    any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body

    "the discharge of pus"

  5. discharge, spark, arc, electric arc, electric discharge(noun)

    electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field

  6. discharge, outpouring, run(noun)

    the pouring forth of a fluid

  7. dismissal, dismission, discharge, firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking(noun)

    the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)

  8. release, waiver, discharge(noun)

    a formal written statement of relinquishment

  9. discharge, firing, firing off(verb)

    the act of discharging a gun

  10. dispatch, discharge, complete(verb)

    complete or carry out

    "discharge one's duties"

  11. discharge(verb)

    pour forth or release

    "discharge liquids"

  12. free, discharge(verb)

    free from obligations or duties

  13. discharge(verb)

    remove the charge from

  14. fire, discharge, go off(verb)

    go off or discharge

    "The gun fired"

  15. acquit, assoil, clear, discharge, exonerate, exculpate(verb)

    pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

    "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges"

  16. exhaust, discharge, expel, eject, release(verb)

    eliminate (a substance)

    "combustion products are exhausted in the engine"; "the plant releases a gas"

  17. drop, drop off, set down, put down, unload, discharge(verb)

    leave or unload

    "unload the cargo"; "drop off the passengers at the hotel"

  18. fire, discharge(verb)

    cause to go off

    "fire a gun"; "fire a bullet"

  19. discharge, muster out(verb)

    release from military service

  20. empty, discharge(verb)

    become empty or void of its content

    "The room emptied"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. discharge(verb)ɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ; n. ˈdɪs tʃɑrdʒ, dɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ

    to officially release sb from a hospital, prison, or military job

    a decision to discharge the patient from the hospital

  2. dischargeɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ; n. ˈdɪs tʃɑrdʒ, dɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ

    to release a liquid or gas

    a tanker discharging fuel into the ocean; his discharge from the military; a sticky discharge from the wound


  1. discharge(Noun)

    (uncountable) pus or exudate (other than blood) from a wound or orifice, usually due to infection or pathology

  2. discharge(Noun)

    the act of accomplishing (an obligation)

  3. discharge(Noun)

    the act of expelling or letting go

  4. discharge(Noun)

    the act of releasing an accumulated charge

  5. discharge(Noun)

    the act of releasing an inpatient from hospital

  6. discharge(Noun)

    the act of releasing a member of the armed forces from service

  7. discharge(Noun)

    the discharge of a river is the volume of water transported by it in a certain amount of time, usually in units of m/s (cubic meters per second)

  8. discharge(Verb)

    To accomplish or complete, as an obligation.

  9. discharge(Verb)

    To expel or let go.

  10. discharge(Verb)

    To release (an accumulated charge).

  11. discharge(Verb)

    To release (an inpatient) from hospital.

  12. discharge(Verb)

    To release (a member of the armed forces) from service.

  13. discharge(Verb)

    To operate (any weapon that fires a projectile, such as a shotgun or sling).

  14. discharge(Verb)

    To release (an auxiliary assumption) from the list of assumptions used in arguments, and return to the main argument.

  15. discharge(Verb)

    To unload a ship or another means of transport.

  16. Origin: From descharger, from deschargier, from discarricō.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Discharge(verb)

    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. Discharge(verb)

    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

  3. Discharge(verb)

    to of something weighing upon or impeding over one, as a debt, claim, obligation, responsibility, accusation, etc.; to absolve; to acquit; to clear

  4. Discharge(verb)

    to relieve of an office or employment; to send away from service; to dismiss

  5. Discharge(verb)

    to release legally from confinement; to set at liberty; as, to discharge a prisoner

  6. Discharge(verb)

    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

  7. Discharge(verb)

    to let fly, as a missile; to shoot

  8. Discharge(verb)

    to set aside; to annul; to dismiss

  9. Discharge(verb)

    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

  10. Discharge(verb)

    to send away (a creditor) satisfied by payment; to pay one's debt or obligation to

  11. Discharge(verb)

    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

  12. Discharge(verb)

    to prohibit; to forbid

  13. Discharge(verb)

    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

  14. Discharge(verb)

    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

  15. Discharge(verb)

    firing off; explosive removal of a charge; explosion; letting off; as, a discharge of arrows, of artillery

  16. Discharge(verb)

    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

  17. Discharge(verb)

    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

  18. Discharge(verb)

    release or dismissal from an office, employment, etc.; dismission; as, the discharge of a workman by his employer

  19. Discharge(verb)

    legal release from confinement; liberation; as, the discharge of a prisoner

  20. Discharge(verb)

    the state of being discharged or relieved of a debt, obligation, office, and the like; acquittal

  21. Discharge(verb)

    that which discharges or releases from an obligation, liability, penalty, etc., as a price of ransom, a legal document

  22. Discharge(verb)

    a flowing or issuing out; emission; vent; evacuation; also, that which is discharged or emitted; as, a rapid discharge of water from the pipe


  1. Discharge

    Discharge are a British hardcore punk band formed in 1977 by Terry "Tezz" Roberts and Roy "Rainy" Wainwright. They are often considered among one of the very first bands to play hardcore punk, and to mix punk ideology with elements of metal. While the band had substantial lineup changes over its history, the classic lineup from the early 1980s featured bassist Wainwright, drummer Gary Maloney, guitarist Tony "Bones" Roberts, and vocalist Kelvin "Cal" Morris. The band is characterized by a minimalistic approach of music and lyrics, a heavy, distorted, and grinding guitar-driven sound and raw, shouted vocals similar to a political speech, with lyrics on anarchist and pacifist themes. AllMusic calls the band's sound a "high-speed noise overload" characterized by "ferocious noise blasts" The band's 1982 debut album, Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing, went to number two on the UK Indie Charts and number 40 in the UK Album Chart. In the early 1980s, numerous singles and EPs placed in the top 10 of the UK Indie Charts, including the 1981 EP Why? and the 1982 single State Violence State Control. Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing pave the way for thrash metal, black metal, crust punk, grindcore and various extreme metal subgenres. The musical genre of d-beat is named for Discharge and their distinctive drumbeat. According to AllMusic, Discharge are "cited as a key influence by artists including Metallica and Anthrax."

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Discharge' in Nouns Frequency: #2402

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Discharge' in Verbs Frequency: #859

Translations for Discharge

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(an) act of discharging

He was given his discharge from the army; the discharge of one's duties.

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