What does relaxation mean?

Definitions for relaxation
ˌri lækˈseɪ ʃənre·lax·ation

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. relaxationnoun

    (physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers

  2. relaxation, relaxation behaviornoun

    (physics) the exponential return of a system to equilibrium after a disturbance

  3. easiness, relaxationnoun

    a feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry

    "the easiness we feel when sleeping"

  4. relaxation, loosening, slackeningnoun

    an occurrence of control or strength weakening

    "the relaxation of requirements"; "the loosening of his grip"; "the slackening of the wind"

  5. rest, ease, repose, relaxationnoun

    freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)

    "took his repose by the swimming pool"

  6. relaxation, relaxation methodnoun

    a method of solving simultaneous equations by guessing a solution and then reducing the errors that result by successive approximations until all the errors are less than some specified amount

  7. liberalization, liberalisation, relaxationnoun

    the act of making less strict


  1. relaxationnoun

    The act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed; the opposite of stress or tension; the aim of recreation and leisure activities.

  2. relaxationnoun

    A diminution of tone, tension, or firmness; specifically in pathology: a looseness; a diminution of the natural and healthy tone of parts.

    relaxation of the soft palate

  3. relaxationnoun

    Remission or abatement of rigor.

  4. relaxationnoun

    Remission of attention or application.

    relaxation of efforts

  5. relaxationnoun

    Unbending; recreation; a state or occupation intended to give mental or bodily relief after effort.

  6. relaxationnoun

    The transition of an atom or molecule from a higher energy level to a lower one.

  7. relaxationnoun

    The release following musical tension.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Relaxationnoun

    Etymology: relaxation, Fr. relaxatio, Lat.

    Cold sweats are many times mortal; for that they come by a relaxation or forsaking of the spirits. Francis Bacon.

    Many, who live healthy in a dry air, fall into all the diseases that depend upon relaxation in a moist one. Arbuthnot.

    The sea is not higher than the land, as some imagined the sea stood upon heap higher than the shore; and at the deluge a relaxation being made, it overflow’d the land. Burnet.

    They childishly granted, by common consent of their whole senate, under their town seal, a relaxation to one Bertelier, whom the eldership had excommunicated. Richard Hooker.

    The relaxation of the statute of mortmain, is one of the reasons which gives the bishop terrible apprehensions of popery coming on us. Jonathan Swift.

    As God has not so devoted our bodies to toil, but that he allows us some recreation: so doubtless he indulges the same relaxation to our minds. Government of the Tongue.

    There would be no business in solitude, nor proper relaxations in business. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.


  1. Relaxation

    Relaxation stands quite generally for a release of tension, a return to equilibrium. In the sciences, the term is used in the following ways:

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relaxationnoun

    the act or process of relaxing, or the state of being relaxed; as, relaxation of the muscles; relaxation of a law

  2. Relaxationnoun

    remission from attention and effort; indulgence in recreation, diversion, or amusement

  3. Etymology: [L. relaxatio; cf. F. relaxation.]


  1. Relaxation

    In nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging the term relaxation describes several processes by which nuclear magnetization prepared in a non-equilibrium state returns to the equilibrium distribution. In other words, relaxation describes how fast spins "forget" the direction in which they are oriented. The rates of this spin relaxation can be measured in both spectroscopy and imaging applications.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. relaxation

    The first requirement of strength.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Relaxation

    Activity which reduces the feelings of tension and the effects of STRESS, PHYSIOLOGICAL.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'relaxation' in Nouns Frequency: #2598

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of relaxation in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of relaxation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of relaxation in a Sentence

  1. Henry David Thoreau:

    Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of wholesome reality, as a ballast to thought and sentiment. Health requires this relaxation, this aimless life

  2. Larry Phillips:

    I think the effects of relaxation do decrease stress levels and have a benefit to the heart.

  3. Joachim Wedler:

    Autonomous driving gives the car interior a totally different meaning, fun and relaxation are the new targets for those cars, while (electrification) offers us different vehicle packaging opportunities as there's no (bulky) engine or transmission. Batteries more or less lie flat on the floor. We have totally different opportunities for roominess and ergonomics.

  4. Teo Mendez:

    Hokemeyer told FoxNews.com. Questions that an individual may have during this heightened state of awareness include ‘ Where am I ’, ‘ Why am I doing this ? ’ as well as questions with deeper conflicts of being like ‘ Who am I ? ’ , and ‘ Am I safe, loved andlovable ? ’ Research on floatation therapy has been limited to small study groups, but some reports suggest floating can relieve muscle tension, enhance creativity and induce instant relaxation. Dr. Teo Mendez, an orthopedic surgeon from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, has floated three times before and said Teo Mendez was skeptical about its mental health benefits at first. For about 20 minutes, I was pretty bored, but then I started to get a little bit in-tune with my body.

  5. Gabrielle Francis:

    Massage helps a lot of the structural problems with back pain and neck pain, and I use a lot of relaxation techniques like cranial sacral [ therapy ], acupuncture and aromatherapy to help with a lot of stress on tour.

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    the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry
    • A. abandon
    • B. recital
    • C. elation
    • D. vigorish

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