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 for discharge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Discharge \Dis*charge"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discharged; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Discharging.] [OE. deschargen, dischargen, OF.
     deschargier, F. d['e]charger; pref. des- (L. dis) + chargier,
     F. charger. See Charge.]
     1. To relieve of a charge, load, or burden; to empty of a
        load or cargo; to unburden; to unload; as, to discharge a
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     2. 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.
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              The galleys also did oftentimes, out of their prows,
              discharge their great pieces against the city.
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              Feeling in other cases discharges itself in indirect
              muscular actions.                     --H. Spencer.
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     3. To of something weighing upon or impeding over one, as a
        debt, claim, obligation, responsibility, accusation, etc.;
        to absolve; to acquit; to clear.
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              Discharged of business, void of strife. --Dryden.
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              In one man's fault discharge another man of his
              duty.                                 --L'Estrange.
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     4. To relieve of an office or employment; to send away from
        service; to dismiss.
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              Discharge the common sort
              With pay and thanks.                  --Shak.
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              Grindal . . . was discharged the government of his
              see.                                  --Milton.
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     5. To release legally from confinement; to set at liberty;
        as, to discharge a prisoner.
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     6. 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.
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     7. To let fly, as a missile; to shoot.
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              They do discharge their shot of courtesy. --Shak.
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     8. To set aside; to annul; to dismiss.
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              We say such an order was "discharged on appeal."
                                                    --Mozley & W.
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              The order for Daly's attendance was discharged.
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     9. 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.
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              Had I a hundred tongues, a wit so large
              As could their hundred offices discharge. --Dryden.
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     10. To send away (a creditor) satisfied by payment; to pay
         one's debt or obligation to. [Obs.]
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               If he had
               The present money to discharge the Jew. --Shak.
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     11. 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.
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     12. To prohibit; to forbid. [Scot. Obs.] --Sir W. Scott.
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     13. (Textile Dyeing & Printing) To bleach out or to remove or
         efface, as by a chemical process; as, to discharge the
         color from a dyed fabric in order to form light figures
         on a dark ground.
         [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
     Discharging arch (Arch.), an arch over a door, window, or
        other opening, to distribute the pressure of the wall
        above. See Illust. of Lintel.
     Discharging piece, Discharging strut (Arch.), a piece set
        to carry thrust or weight to a solid point of support.
     Discharging rod (Elec.), a bent wire, with knobs at both
        ends, and insulated by a glass handle. It is employed for
        discharging a Leyden jar or an electrical battery. See
     Syn: See Deliver.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Discharge \Dis*charge"\, v. i.
     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.
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           The cloud, if it were oily or fatty, would not
           discharge.                               --Bacon.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Discharge \Dis*charge"\, n. [Cf. F. d['e]charge. See
     Discharge, v. t.]
     1. 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.
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     2. Firing off; explosive removal of a charge; explosion;
        letting off; as, a discharge of arrows, of artillery.
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     3. 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.
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     4. 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.
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              Indefatigable in the discharge of business.
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              Nothing can absolve us from the discharge of those
              duties.                               --L'Estrange.
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     5. Release or dismissal from an office, employment, etc.;
        dismission; as, the discharge of a workman by his
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     6. Legal release from confinement; liberation; as, the
        discharge of a prisoner.
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     7. The state of being discharged or relieved of a debt,
        obligation, office, and the like; acquittal.
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              Too secure of our discharge
              From penalty.                         --Milton.
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     8. That which discharges or releases from an obligation,
        liability, penalty, etc., as a price of ransom, a legal
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              Death, who sets all free,
              Hath paid his ransom now and full discharge.
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     9. A flowing or issuing out; emission; vent; evacuation;
        also, that which is discharged or emitted; as, a rapid
        discharge of water from the pipe.
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              The hemorrhage being stopped, the next occurrence is
              a thin serous discharge.              --S. Sharp.
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     10. (Elec.) The equalization of a difference of electric
         potential between two points. The character of the
         discharge is mostly determined by the nature of the
         medium through which it takes place, the amount of the
         difference of potential, and the form of the terminal
         conductors on which the difference exists. The discharge
         may be alternating, continuous, brush, connective,
         disruptive, glow, oscillatory, stratified, etc.
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     Charge and discharge. (Equity Practice) See under Charge,
     Paralytic discharge (Physiol.), the increased secretion
        from a gland resulting from the cutting of all of its
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  electric current \electric current\, electrical current
  \electrical current\,
     the movement of electrically charged particles, atoms, or
     ions, through solids, liquids, gases, or free space; the term
     is usually used of relatively smooth movements of electric
     charge through conductors, whether constant or variable.
     Sudden movements of charge are usually referred to by other
     terms, such as spark or lightning or discharge. In
     metallic conductors the electric current is usually due to
     movement of electrons through the metal. The current is
     measured as the rate of movement of charge per unit time, and
     is counted in units of amperes. As a formal definition, the
     direction of movement of electric current is considered as
     the same as the direction of movement of positive charge, or
     in a direction opposite to the movement of negative charge.
     Electric current may move constantly in a single direction,
     called direct current (abbreviated DC), or may move
     alternately in one direction and then the opposite direction,
     called alternating current (abbreviated AC).

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the sudden giving off of energy
      2: the act of venting [syn: discharge, venting]
      3: a substance that is emitted or released [syn: discharge,
      4: any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of
         the body; "the discharge of pus" [syn: discharge,
         emission, expelling]
      5: electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric
         field [syn: discharge, spark, arc, electric arc,
         electric discharge]
      6: the pouring forth of a fluid [syn: discharge, outpouring,
      7: the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to
         depart) [syn: dismissal, dismission, discharge,
         firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking]
      8: a formal written statement of relinquishment [syn: release,
         waiver, discharge]
      9: the act of discharging a gun [syn: discharge, firing,
         firing off]
      v 1: complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties" [syn:
           dispatch, discharge, complete]
      2: pour forth or release; "discharge liquids"
      3: free from obligations or duties [syn: free, discharge]
      4: remove the charge from [ant: charge]
      5: go off or discharge; "The gun fired" [syn: fire,
         discharge, go off]
      6: pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was
         cleared of the murder charges" [syn: acquit, assoil,
         clear, discharge, exonerate, exculpate] [ant:
      7: eliminate (a substance); "combustion products are exhausted
         in the engine"; "the plant releases a gas" [syn: exhaust,
         discharge, expel, eject, release]
      8: leave or unload; "unload the cargo"; "drop off the passengers
         at the hotel" [syn: drop, drop off, set down, put
         down, unload, discharge]
      9: cause to go off; "fire a gun"; "fire a bullet" [syn: fire,
      10: release from military service [syn: discharge, muster
          out] [ant: draft, enlist, muster in]
      11: become empty or void of its content; "The room emptied"
          [syn: empty, discharge] [ant: fill, fill up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  655 Moby Thesaurus words for "discharge":
     AC arc, Poulsen arc, abide by, abrogate, absolution, absolve,
     accomplish, accomplished fact, accomplishment, accordance, achieve,
     achievement, acknowledgment, acquit, acquitment, acquittal,
     acquittance, adhere to, adherence, administer, administration,
     amnesty, amortization, amortize, amortizement, aperiodic discharge,
     arc, arc column, arc discharge, attain, attainment, ax, backfire,
     bang, bark, belch, binder, blast, bleed, blow open, blow out,
     blow up, blowout, blowup, boom, boot, boot out, booting out,
     bounce, bowshot, break, break bulk, break out, break up,
     brush discharge, bullet, bump, burst, burst forth, burst out, bust,
     can, canceled check, cannon, care, carry into execution, carry out,
     carry through, carrying out, cash, cash payment, cashier,
     cashiering, cast, cast forth, cast loose, cast out, catharsis,
     charge, charter, chuck out, chyle, cleanse, cleansing, clear,
     clear off, clearance, clearing, cock, colostrum, commission,
     compass, complete, completion, compliance, compurgation, conduct,
     conformance, conformity, conge, consummate, consummation,
     cope with, crack, deactivate, deal with, debouch, debrief,
     debt service, decant, decontaminate, defenestrate, defenestration,
     defluxion, defrayal, defrayment, defrock, degrade, dejecta,
     dejection, dejecture, deliver, deliverance, demob, demobilization,
     demobilize, demote, deplume, deposal, depose, deposit, deprive,
     destigmatization, destigmatize, destigmatizing, detach, detonate,
     detonation, detrude, detrusion, diplomatic immunity, disband,
     disbar, disburden, disburdening, disbursal, discard, disculpation,
     disembogue, disemploy, disemployment, disgorge, disgorgement,
     disintegrate, dismiss, dismissal, disorganize, dispatch, dispense,
     dispense from, dispense with, disperse, displace, displacing,
     displume, dispose of, disruptive discharge, dissolve, do,
     do the job, do the trick, doling out, down payment, drain,
     drainage, drop, drum out, drumming out, dump, earnest,
     earnest money, effect, effectuate, effectuation, effluence,
     effluent, efflux, effluxion, effuse, effusion, egest, egesta,
     egestion, ejaculate, ejaculation, eject, ejecta, ejectamenta,
     ejection, ejectment, electric discharge, electric shock,
     electric spark, electrodeless discharge, eliminate, elimination,
     emanation, emancipate, emergence, emersion, emission, emit,
     emotional release, empty, emptying, enact, enactment, enforce,
     enforcement, eruct, eructation, erupt, eruption, except, exception,
     exclude, excrement, excreta, excrete, excretes, excreting,
     excretion, exculpate, exculpation, excuse, execute, execution,
     exempt, exempt from, exemption, exfiltrate, exhalation, exhaust,
     exonerate, exoneration, expel, explode, explosion, expulsion,
     extravasate, extravasation, extrude, extrusion, exudate, exudation,
     exude, fait accompli, fell, fetch, fill out, filter, filtrate,
     fire, fire off, firing, flare, flash, flow, flowoff, flux,
     forced separation, forgive, forgiveness, franchise, free,
     free from, freeing, fruition, fulfill, fulfillment, fulguration,
     fulminate, fulmination, furlough, furloughing, fusillade,
     galvanic shock, give absolution, give dispensation from,
     give notice, give off, give release, give respite, give the ax,
     give the gate, give the hook, gleet, glow discharge, go bail for,
     go off, go separate ways, grant amnesty to, grant bail to,
     grant immunity, grant remission, gun, gun for, gunfire, gunshot,
     gush, handle, handling, heave out, heed, heeding, hire purchase,
     hire purchase plan, hit, honor, humor, hurl forth, ichor, immunity,
     implement, implementation, inactivate, installment,
     installment plan, interest payment, intermission, intermit,
     issuance, issue, jet, jettison, junk, justify, keeping, kick,
     kick downstairs, kick out, kick upstairs, kicking downstairs,
     knock off, lachryma, lactation, lay off, layoff, leach, leak,
     legislative immunity, let fly, let go, let go free, let loose,
     let off, let out, leukorrhea, liberate, liberty, license, lift,
     liquidate, liquidation, lixiviate, load, loose, loosen, lymph,
     make, make accounts square, make out, make redundant, manage,
     management, manumit, matter, meet, milk, mission accomplished,
     monthly payments, mucor, mucus, muster out, never-never, nonpros,
     notice, observance, observation, observe, obtrude, obtrusion,
     off-load, offload, offloading, ooze, oozing, oscillatory discharge,
     oust, ouster, ousting, outburst, outfall, outflow, outflowing,
     outpour, outpouring, pardon, parole, part, part company, pass,
     patent, pay, pay in full, pay off, pay the bill, pay the shot,
     pay up, paying, paying off, paying out, paying up, payment,
     payment in kind, payoff, peccant humor, pelt, pension off, pepper,
     percolate, perform, performance, permission, perpetration, phlegm,
     pick off, pink slip, pistol, plug, polish off, pop, pot, potshoot,
     potshot, pour, pour forth, pour out, practice, prepayment, prime,
     privilege, produce, production, promulgate, prosecute, prosecution,
     purgation, purge, purge away, purging, purulence, pus, put away,
     put in force, put on parole, put out, put through,
     quarterly payments, quash, quash the charge, quietus, quit,
     quittance, read out of, realization, realize, receipt,
     receipt in full, redeem, reek, regular payments, reject, rejection,
     release, relieve, remise, remission, remit, remittance, removal,
     remove, render, replace, report, reprieve, respect, respite,
     retire, retirement, rheum, riddle, runoff, sack, saliva, salvo,
     sanies, satisfaction, satisfy, save the necessity, scatter,
     secrete, secretion, seep, seepage, send away, send forth, send out,
     separate, separate forcibly, serous fluid, serum, set free,
     set off, settle, settlement, shock, shoot, shoot at, shoot down,
     shooting, shot, shrive, silent discharge, sinking-fund payment,
     snipe, snot, spare, spark, spark gap, spew, split up, spot cash,
     spout, spray, spurt, square, square accounts, square up, squirt,
     stoneshot, strain, strike, strike a balance, strip, succeed,
     success, superannuate, supersede, supplant, suppuration, surcease,
     surfacing, surplus, surplusing, suspend, suspension, sweat,
     take a potshot, take care of, take up, tattoo, tear, teardrop,
     terminate, the ax, the boot, the bounce, the gate, the sack,
     the whites, throw away, throw out, throw overboard, throwing out,
     thrust out, ticket, torpedo, toss out, touch off, transact,
     transaction, transpire, transudate, transudation, transude,
     turn off, turn out, turn the trick, unbind, unbinding, unbolting,
     unbridling, unbuckling, unburden, uncaging, unchain, unchaining,
     unfettering, unfrock, ungagging, unhand, unhanding, unharnessing,
     unhobbling, unlade, unlashing, unlatching, unleashing, unload,
     unloading, unlocking, unloosing, unmanacling, unmuzzling, unpack,
     unpenning, unshackle, unshackling, unship, unstrapping,
     untethering, untrussing, untying, unyoking, urine, vacate, vent,
     verdict of acquittal, vindicate, vindication, void, voiding,
     volley, vomit, voucher, walking papers, waste, waste matter,
     weekly payments, weep, whitewash, withdraw the charge, work,
     work out

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  DISCHARGE, practice. The act by which a person in confinement, under some 
  legal process, or held on an accusation of some crime or misdemeanor, is set 
  at liberty; the writing containing the order for his being so set at 
  liberty, is also called a discharge. 
       2. The discharge of a defendant, in prison under a ca. sa., when made 
  by the plaintiff, has the operation of satisfying the debt, the plaintiff 
  having no other remedy. 4 T. R. 526. But when the discharge is in 
  consequence of the insolvent laws, or the defendant dies in prison, the debt 
  is not satisfied. In the first place the plaintiff has a remedy against the 
  property of the defendant, acquired after his discharge, and, in the last 
  case, against the executors or administrators of the debtor. Bac. Ab. 
  Execution, D; Bingh. on Execution, 266. 

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