AskDefine | Define discharge

Dictionary Definition



1 the sudden giving off of energy
2 the act of venting [syn: venting]
3 a substance that is emitted or released [syn: emission]
4 any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body; "the discharge of pus" [syn: emission, expelling]
5 electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field [syn: spark, arc, electric arc, electric discharge]
6 the pouring forth of a fluid [syn: outpouring, run]
7 the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart) [syn: dismissal, dismission, firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking]
8 a formal written statement of relinquishment [syn: release, waiver]
9 the act of discharging a gun [syn: firing, firing off]


1 complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties" [syn: dispatch, complete]
2 pour forth or release; "discharge liquids"
3 eliminate (substances) from the body [syn: expel, eject, release]
4 free from obligations or duties [syn: free]
5 remove the charge from [ant: charge]
6 go off or discharge; "The gun fired" [syn: fire, go off]
7 pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges" [syn: acquit, assoil, clear, exonerate, exculpate] [ant: convict]
8 leave or unload, especially of passengers or cargo; [syn: drop, set down, put down, unload]
9 cause to go off; "fire a gun"; "fire a bullet" [syn: fire]
10 release from military service [syn: muster out] [ant: enlist]
11 become empty or void of its content; "The room emptied" [syn: empty] [ant: fill]

User Contributed Dictionary



rel-top pronunciations
  • a RP
    • qualifier verb , /dɪsˈtʃɑːdʒ/, /dIs"tSA:dZ/
    • qualifier noun , /ˈdɪstʃɑːdʒ/, /"dIstSA:dZ/
  • a US
    • qualifier verb , /dɪsˈtʃɑrdʒ/, /dIs"tSArdZ/
    • qualifier noun , /ˈdɪstʃɑrdʒ/, /"dIstSArdZ/


  1. to accomplish or complete, as an obligation
  2. to expel or let go
  3. to release (an accumulated charge)
  4. to release (an inpatient) from hospital
  5. to release (a member of the armed forces) from service
  6. to operate (any weapon that fires a projectile, such as a shotgun or sling)


to accomplish or complete, as an obligation
  • Russian: выплачивать , выплатить a debt, выполнять , выполнить , осуществлять , осуществить
to expel or let go
  • Chinese: 排放釋放免職
  • Russian: освобождать , освободить from a jail, увольнять , уволить
  • Turkish: tahliye etmek (2)
(electricity) the act of releasing an accumulated charge
  • Chinese: 放電
  • Japanese: 放電する (hōden-suru)
  • Russian: разряжать , разрядить
  • Chinese: 使出院
  • Russian: выписывать , выписать
(military) to release (a member of the armed forces) from service
  • Chinese: 釋放使退役使退伍
  • Russian: демобилизовывать , демобилизовать
to operate (any weapon that fires a projectile, such as a shotgun or sling)
  • Chinese: 發射


  1. (uncountable) pus or exudate (other than blood) from a wound or orifice, usually due to infection or pathology
  2. the act of accomplishing (an obligation)
  3. the act of expelling or letting go
  4. the act of releasing an accumulated charge
  5. the act of releasing an inpatient from hospital
  6. the act of releasing a member of the armed forces from service
  7. the discharge of a river is the volume of water transported by it in a certain amount of time, usually in units of m3/s (cubic meters per second)


''(medicine) (uncountable) pus or exudate (other than blood) from a wound or orifice, usually due to infection or pathology the act of accomplishing (an obligation) the act of expelling or letting go (electricity) the act of releasing an accumulated charge (medicine) the act of releasing an inpatient from hospital (military) the act of releasing a member of the armed forces from service (hydrology) the volume of water transported by a river in a certain amount of time
  • Chinese: 流出量
  • Spanish: caudal
  • Russian: расход (rasχód)

Extensive Definition

Discharge in the context to expel or to "let go" may refer to:
Discharge in the context of a flow may refer to: Other uses of discharge include:
  • Discharge (band), the British hardcore punk band
  • Bankruptcy discharge, the injunction that bars acts to enforce certain debts.
  • In co-counselling, the ways in which pent-up emotional hurt can be released, eg via crying, laughter, etc.
  • Discharge petition, the process of bringing a bill out of committee to the floor for a vote without the cooperation of leadership
discharge in Lithuanian: Nuotėkis
discharge in Urdu: تخریج

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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