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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Re·lax v. t. [imp. & p. p. Relaxed p. pr. & vb. n. Relaxing.]
 1. To make lax or loose; to make less close, firm, rigid, tense, or the like; to slacken; to loosen; to open; as, to relax a rope or cord; to relax the muscles or sinews.
    Horror . . . all his joints relaxed.   --Milton.
    Nor served it to relax their serried files.   --Milton.
 2. To make less severe or rigorous; to abate the stringency of; to remit in respect to strenuousness, earnestness, or effort; as, to relax discipline; to relax one's attention or endeavors.
    The statute of mortmain was at several times relaxed by the legislature.   --Swift.
 3. Hence, to relieve from attention or effort; to ease; to recreate; to divert; as, amusement relaxes the mind.
 4. To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open; as, an aperient relaxes the bowels.
 Syn: -- To slacken; loosen; loose; remit; abate; mitigate; ease; unbend; divert.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : affording or marked by rest or repose; "the time spent was
            pleasant and relaxing"; "a restful night"; "a cool and
            reposeful glen" [syn: restful, reposeful]