What does discharge mean?

Definitions for discharge
dɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ; ˈdɪs tʃɑrdʒ, dɪsˈtʃɑrdʒdis·charge

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word discharge.

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"


  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

  23. Origin: [Cf. F. dcharge. See Discharge, v. t.]


  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."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Discharge

    dis-chärj′, v.t. to free from a load or charge: to unload or remove the cargo: to set free: to acquit: to dismiss: to fire, as a gun: to let out or emit: to perform, as duties: to pay, as an account.—n. act of discharging: unloading: acquittance: dismissal: a flowing out: payment: performance: that which is discharged.—n. Discharg′er. [O. Fr. deschargerdes, apart, and charger, to load.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. discharge

    From military service, is obtained by non-commissioned officers and privates by expiration of term of service, which varies in different countries; on surgeon’s certificate of disability, and by special authority for various reasons, when recommended by the commanding officer. Soldiers are also discharged with ignominy for great offenses, being in some cases stripped of their decorations and drummed out of the service.

Editors Contribution

  1. discharge

    To give a person permission to leave an organization, official duty or service.

    My brother recently got discharge from the army, he was delighted and had lined himself up for another job and went straight into that employment.

    Submitted by MC Harmonious on April 19, 2016  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

  2. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of discharge in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of discharge in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of discharge in a Sentence

  1. Walter S. Robertson:

    The only way to get rid of responsibilities is to discharge them.

  2. Commissioner Bill Bratton:

    It appears to be an accidental discharge with no intention to strike anybody at this time.

  3. Carlos Curbelo:

    Our discharge petition strategy is for us to know we are continuing to pursue that avenue.

  4. Alex Drak:

    We see a lot of marine life, different types of fish, in the vicinity to the discharge point.

  5. Melissa Goist:

    If a woman is having vaginal problems, discharge, or pain then often sleeping commando is encouraged.

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  • освобождавам, изписвам, уволнявам, изпускам, разреждам, изстрелвам, изпълнявам, уволнение, изпускане, разряд, изпълнение, освобождаване, изписване, дебитBulgarian
  • průtokCzech
  • entlassen, entladen, Entlassung, EntladungGerman
  • descargo, despedir, dar de alta, disparar, completar, cumplir, descargar, caudal, descargaSpanish
  • دبىPersian
  • lähettää, purkaa, purkautua, päästää, vapauttaa, täyttää, laukaistaFinnish
  • débitFrench
  • scaoilIrish
  • dì-luchdaich, cuir à dreuchd, ìocScottish Gaelic
  • मुक्तिHindi
  • 発射, 放電Japanese
  • rukenga, eroMāori
  • voltooien, ontladenDutch
  • utlade, utskrive, losse, utskrivning, vannføring, utvisningNorwegian
  • rozładować sięPolish
  • descărcaRomanian
  • освободи́ть, разряжа́ть, запустить, вы́платить, увольня́ть, разряди́ть, демобилизо́вывать, выполня́ть, осуществи́ть, вы́писать, запускать, осуществля́ть, демобилизова́ть, освобожда́ть, уво́лить, выпи́сывать, выпла́чивать, вы́полнить, расход, сукровица, исполнение, осуществление, разряд, выписка, выпускание, выплата, выполнение, увольнение, демобилизация, выделениеRussian
  • avfyra, klarera, avlossa, muck, vattenföring, urladdning, utskrivning, avsked, utsöndring, utryckning, flödeSwedish
  • tahliye etmekTurkish

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