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:


  1. relaxation

    Relaxation refers to the process of releasing tension and returning the muscles and the mind to a state of calm and balance. It involves the decrease in physical and mental arousal, resulting in alleviation of stress, increase in overall wellbeing and improvement in mood. It can be achieved through various methods including meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, and hobbies.

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. Paul Burton:

    Japan is very keen to secure a significant piece of overseas business following the relaxation of its export legislation, and this Australian submarine deal was widely regarded as becoming a landmark trade, the tradecraft required to convince a sophisticated domestic buyer that Japan's was superior to that offered by France was lacking.

  2. Jackson Browne:

    Music itself is a great source of relaxation. Parts of it anyway. Working in the studio, that's not relaxing, but playing an instrument that I don't know how to play is unbelievably relaxing, because I don't have any pressure on me.

  3. Alfred Chan:

    Investor sentiment has actually improved in Hong Kong as more policy relaxation will happen.

  4. Enrique Lopez-Loyo:

    No system of (quarantine) relaxation or restriction is perfect.

  5. Olaf Biedermann:

    The Active Wellness seat is Faurecia's vision on the next level of personalized comfort, what we basically do is to monitor respiration rate and heart rate in the seat, and we derive stress and energy level from that. Then, having this kind of wellness being information, we now can offer a closed-loop comfort system; so in case you are stressed you get a relaxation massage, in case you have low energy levels you get a very energizing massage.

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