1. [syn: discharged, dismissed, fired, laid-off, pink-slipped]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Discharge \Dis*charge"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Discharged; p.
pr. & vb. n. Discharging.] [OE. deschargen, dischargen, OF.
deschargier, F. d['e]charger; pref. des- (L. dis) + chargier,
F. charger. See Charge.]
1. To relieve of a charge, load, or burden; to empty of a
load or cargo; to unburden; to unload; as, to discharge a
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.
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
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
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.
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.] --Sir W. Scott.
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.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
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
Syn: See Deliver.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: having lost your job [syn: discharged, dismissed,
fired, laid-off, pink-slipped]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
30 Moby Thesaurus words for "discharged":
accomplished, achieved, acquitted, attained, compassed,
consummated, dispatched, disposed of, effected, effectuated,
executed, expended, fulfilled, hired, implemented, liquidated,
paid, paid in full, postpaid, prepaid, realized, receipted,
remitted, salaried, set at rest, settled, spent, waged, wrought,
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
DISCHARGED. Released, or liberated from custody. It is not equivalent to
acquitted in a declaration for a malicious prosecution. 2 Yeates, 475 2 Term
Rep. 231; 1 Strange, 114; Doug. 205 3 Leon. 100.