Definitions

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

  • n. The act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed.
  • n. Refreshment of body or mind; recreation: played golf for relaxation.
  • n. A loosening or slackening.
  • n. A reduction in strictness or severity.
  • n. Physiology The lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers.
  • n. Physics The return or adjustment of a system to equilibrium following displacement or abrupt change.
  • n. Mathematics A method of solving equations in which the errors resulting from an initial approximation are reduced by succeeding approximations until all errors are within specified limits.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed; the opposite of stress or tension; the aim of recreation and leisure activities.
  • n. A diminution of tone, tension, or firmness; specifically in pathology: a looseness; a diminution of the natural and healthy tone of parts.
  • n. Remission or abatement of rigor.
  • n. Remission of attention or application.
  • n. Unbending; recreation; a state or occupation intended to give mental or bodily relief after effort.
  • n. The transition of an atom or molecule from a higher energy level to a lower one.
  • n. The release following musical tension.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of relaxing, or the state of being relaxed
  • n. Remission from attention and effort; indulgence in recreation, diversion, or amusement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of relaxing, or the state of being relaxed.
  • n. Remission or abatement of rigor.
  • n. Remission of attention or application: as, relaxation of efforts.
  • n. Unbending; recreation; a state or occupation intended to give mental or bodily relief after effort.
  • n. Same as redislocation.

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

  • n. a feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry
  • n. the act of making less strict
  • n. (physics) the exponential return of a system to equilibrium after a disturbance
  • n. an occurrence of control or strength weakening
  • n. 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
  • n. (physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers
  • n. freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.