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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·lease, n.
 1. The act of letting loose or freeing, or the state of being let loose or freed; liberation or discharge from restraint of any kind, as from confinement or bondage. “Who boast'st release from hell.”
 2. Relief from care, pain, or any burden.
 3. Discharge from obligation or responsibility, as from debt, penalty, or claim of any kind; acquittance.
 4. Law A giving up or relinquishment of some right or claim; a conveyance of a man's right in lands or tenements to another who has some estate in possession; a quitclaim.
 5. Steam Engine The act of opening the exhaust port to allow the steam to escape.
 6. Mach. A device adapted to hold or release a device or mechanism as required; specif.: Elec. A catch on a motor-starting rheostat, which automatically releases the rheostat arm and so stops the motor in case of a break in the field circuit; also, the catch on an electromagnetic circuit breaker for a motor, which acts in case of an overload.
 7.  Phon. The act or manner of ending a sound.
 8.  Railroads In the block-signaling system, a printed card conveying information and instructions to be used at intermediate sidings without telegraphic stations.
 Lease and release. Law See under Lease.
 Out of release, without cessation. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
 Syn: -- Liberation; freedom; discharge. See Death.