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Definitions for decompression
ˌdi kəmˈprɛʃ ənde·com·pres·sion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decompression(noun)

    restoring compressed information to its normal form for use or display

  2. decompression, decompressing(noun)

    relieving pressure (especially bringing a compressed person gradually back to atmospheric pressure)


  1. decompression(n.)

    the reduction of atmospheric pressure experienced by divers rising from deep water to the surface, thus reducing the concentration of dissolved atmospheric gases in the blood; -- especially applied to a gradual reduction of such pressure.

  2. decompression(n.)

    the process, analogous to sense 2, undergone by divers in a decompression chamber, in which an artificially high atmospheric pressure is gradually lowered to normal pressure.

  3. decompression(n.)

    a return to a normal, more relaxed state after a period of intense stress, psychological pressure, or urgent activity; -- of people.

  4. decompression(n.)

    (Computers) the process of converting digitally encoded data from a more compact (compressed) form to its original, larger size. The process of compression and decompression may completely recover all of the original data (called lossless compression), or may lose some of the original data in order to achieve higher degress of compression (lossy compression). The latter is used especially with images or video data, which may be of very large size relative to text, and for which small changes may be imperceptible to the human eye. The JPEG data compression format is a lossy format.

  5. decompression(n.)

    the process of experiencing decompression; the act or process of relieving or reducing pressure.


  1. decompression(Noun)

    The process of decompressing.

    The decompression of large data files may take a while.

  2. decompression(Noun)

    The restoration to atmospheric pressure of a person who has spent time under higher pressure (such as a diver)

  3. decompression(Noun)

    The relief of pressure on a body part by surgery


  1. Decompression

    "Decompression" is the 13th episode of season six of The Outer Limits. It first aired on July 30, 2000.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Decompression

    Decompression external to the body, most often the slow lessening of external pressure on the whole body (especially in caisson workers, deep sea divers, and persons who ascend to great heights) to prevent DECOMPRESSION SICKNESS. It includes also sudden accidental decompression, but not surgical (local) decompression or decompression applied through body openings.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. decompression

    In personnel recovery, the process of normalizing psychological and behavioral reactions that recovered isolated personnel experienced or are currently experiencing as a result of their isolation and recovery.

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How to say decompression in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decompression in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decompression in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of decompression in a Sentence

  1. Darren Ellisor:

    We were passing through about 32,000 feet when we heard a large bang and a rapid decompression.

  2. Shana Alexander:

    A plane is a bad place for an all-out sleep, but a good place to begin rest and recovery from the trip to the faraway places you've been, a decompression chamber between Here and There. Though a plane is not the ideal place really to think, to reassess or reevaluate things, it is a great place to have the illusion of doing so, and often the illusion will suffice.

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