Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of dismissing.
  • n. The condition of being dismissed.
  • n. An order or notice of discharge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of sending someone away.
  • n. Deprivation of office; the fact or process of being fired from employment or stripped of rank.
  • n. A written or spoken statement of such an act.
  • n. Release from confinement; liberation.
  • n. Removal from consideration; putting something out of one's mind, mentally disregarding something or someone.
  • n. The rejection of a legal proceeding, or a claim or charge made therein.
  • n. The event of a batsman getting out; a wicket.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Dismission; discharge.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of dismissing, or the state or fact of being dismissed.
  • n. Discharge; displacement from employment or office.
  • n. The act of discarding, or the state of being discarded.
  • n. Liberation; manumission.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
  • n. permission to go; the sending away of someone
  • n. official notice that you have been fired from your job
  • n. a judgment disposing of the matter without a trial

Etymologies

From dismiss +‎ -al. A nineteenth-century coinage (modelled on committal etc.), replacing the regular form dismission. (Wiktionary)

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  • Cricket jargon - the act of dismissing a batsman; the fall of a wicket.

    November 30, 2007