Dis·charge v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discharged p. pr. & vb. n. Discharging.]
1. To relieve of a charge, load, or burden; to empty of a load or cargo; to unburden; to unload; as, to discharge a vessel.
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.
The galleys also did oftentimes, out of their prows, discharge their great pieces against the city. --Knolles.
Feeling in other cases discharges itself in indirect muscular actions. --H. Spencer.
3. To of something weighing upon or impeding over one, as a debt, claim, obligation, responsibility, accusation, etc.; to absolve; to acquit; to clear.
Discharged of business, void of strife. --Dryden.
In one man's fault discharge another man of his duty. --L'Estrange.
4. To relieve of an office or employment; to send away from service; to dismiss.
Discharge the common sort
With pay and thanks. --Shak.
Grindal . . . was discharged the government of his see. --Milton.
5. To release legally from confinement; to set at liberty; as, to discharge a prisoner.
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.
7. To let fly, as a missile; to shoot.
They do discharge their shot of courtesy. --Shak.
8. To set aside; to annul; to dismiss.
We say such an order was =\“discharged on appeal.”\= --Mozley & W.
The order for Daly's attendance was discharged. --Macaulay.
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.
Had I a hundred tongues, a wit so large
As could their hundred offices discharge. --Dryden.
10. To send away (a creditor) satisfied by payment; to pay one's debt or obligation to. [Obs.]
If he had
The present money to discharge the Jew. --Shak.
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.
12. To prohibit; to forbid. [Scot. Obs.]
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.
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 Discharger.
Syn: -- See Deliver.
adj 1: set free as from prison or duty [syn: released]
2: having lost your job [syn: dismissed, fired, laid-off,