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a patient is discharged (from hospital) (=allowed to leave it)
▪ The patient was discharged after eight days.
be discharged/dismissed from the army
▪ He developed epilepsy, a condition which led to him being discharged from the army.
be discharged/released from hospitalBritish English, be discharged/released from the hospital American English (= be allowed to leave a hospital because you are better)
▪ It was several weeks before he was released from hospital.
conditional discharge
dishonourable discharge
honorable discharge
▪ Telford, of Wheatley, Doncaster, was conditionally discharged by town magistrates after admitting threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.
▪ Cunningham was conditionally discharged for one year and ordered to pay a total of £65 compensation.
▪ He was conditionally discharged for twelve months and had to pay £15 compensation.
▪ Mr Hill and Mr Middleton were conditionally discharged by magistrates at Amersham.
▪ They were conditionally discharged but each was ordered to pay costs of 750 pounds.
▪ Previous convictions: several as a juvenile for theft and taking without consent: conditionally discharged on each occasion.
▪ He was conditionally discharged by Newcastle magistrates in December after admitting assaulting railway worker John Beach.
▪ Mitchell was conditionally discharged for 12 months and ordered to pay £180 compensation and £85 costs.
▪ He was discharged from the army six years ago suffering ill health which he believed to be connected to Gulf War Syndrome.
▪ Along came a young soldier, recently discharged from the army because his wounds made him unable to serve.
▪ The injections led to him suffering epileptic fits-a condition which later led to him being discharged from the Army.
▪ Worth cut expenditures by sending people who were on government rations home and discharging civilians on the army payroll.
▪ The story went that he was a dealer in jewels and furs who had been discharged from the army after Dunkirk.
▪ First, as a warning discharging the duty of care.
▪ In doing so they had discharged their duty of care.
▪ This is because the making of a residence order with respect to a child in care discharges an existing care order.
▪ Whether such a warning will discharge the duty of care will depend on the age of the entrant.
▪ With technical work, the appointment of a competent contractor may be sufficient to discharge the duty.
▪ He has been twice a Member of Congress, and in that office discharged his duty with ability and faithfulness.
▪ First, as a warning discharging the duty of care.
▪ New agencies and new officials were created to discharge political and economic duties formerly assigned to the sovereign courts.
▪ In doing so they had discharged their duty of care.
▪ The wound healed well, and the patient was discharged to duty.
▪ But trust in the authority is trust that the authority is likely to discharge its duties properly.
▪ Whether such a warning will discharge the duty of care will depend on the age of the entrant.
▪ In a report on marine pollution, the organization states that 12,000 pipes have been licensed to discharge industrial effluent.
▪ It would run to a point directly behind the Falls and discharge its effluent into the cataract itself.
▪ Dioxins from the process may be discharged in factory effluent and some traces remain in the paper goods themselves.
▪ The company makes a wide range of bathroom ware and discharges its effluent into a fishless urban stream.
▪ Equally they sustain as well as designate those who discharge public functions.
▪ Parliament has chosen to discharge this function by placing primary responsibility upon a scrutiny committee formed especially for the purpose.
▪ Each of the Houses discharges a quasi judicial function in relation to the regulation of its own affairs.
▪ Social divisions, described in chapter 6, complicate the job of those who discharge the functions of the state.
▪ The hospitals may discharge them on it, but make sure it is continued.
▪ If the hospital can treat and discharge the patient for less than the fixed amount, it makes a profit.
▪ Robert was treated in hospital but discharged.
▪ Why are hospital patients discharged so quickly and what happens to people who can not afford the expense of convalescent care.
▪ The child was also taken to hospital but was later discharged.
▪ If there is a Breach of Warranty the Insurer is discharged from liability from the day of breach.
▪ The need for those new lines to discharge that obligation will be considered by the inquiry.
▪ In Washington, for example, a teacher was discharged from his contractual obligation because of his deteriorating eyesight.
▪ Simpson will not be able to discharge his financial obligations to the victims' families by claiming bankruptcy.
▪ This prohibition applies to all proceedings under s34 including applications to vary or discharge existing orders.
▪ This also applies to an application for any order which would have the effect of varying or discharging an existing order.
▪ This is because the making of a residence order with respect to a child in care discharges an existing care order.
▪ For those reasons, I would discharge this order.
▪ A court has power to make a s8 order whether or not it varies or discharges the supervision order.
▪ For that reason I would discharge the judge's order.
▪ An application can be made to vary or discharge an order refusing contact as well as an order which permits it.
▪ In recent years a policy of discharging long-stay psychiatric patients into the community has been introduced.
▪ In addition to discharging eligible patients, Gordon sought to change a series of other long-standing practices.
▪ Furthermore, health authorities could no longer discharge patients without an individual care plan being approved and agreed with the local authority.
▪ It proved difficult to discharge many of these patients.
▪ All records were to be available to Cardiff city council to allow it to discharge its statutory responsibilities.
▪ Ways in which the authority can discharge its responsibilities for standard setting for all aspects of care will also require attention.
▪ There seemed to be no incompatibility between building a welfare state at home and discharging the responsibilities of a great power abroad.
▪ The question is whether he can discharge that responsibility to Parliament without being in day-to-day charge.
▪ I discharged my responsibility at the court, and that is that.
▪ Larger gravel is discharged back into the river.
▪ The forms include details of the process and quantities of waste discharged to land, water and air.
▪ John Glenn, D-Ohio, intends to introduce legislation that would prohibit ships from discharging organism-laced ballast water in estuaries.
▪ The contractile vacuole expands and eventually discharges the water it contains to the exterior through the cell membrane.
▪ All records were to be available to Cardiff city council to allow it to discharge its statutory responsibilities.
▪ He lost both his legs in an explosion and was discharged from the navy.
▪ Jefferson's gun accidentally discharged, killing him.
▪ The captain gave the order to discharge the cargo.
▪ The president called upon the soldiers to discharge their duty with honor.
▪ When Danny was discharged in 1961, he went to Los Angeles, looking for work.
▪ Between them was a tommy gun, discharging itself into the air.
▪ But on the whole he discharged it badly.
▪ Florence W., aged four, was to be handed over to her father as soon as he was discharged from prison.
▪ Neurons discharging in the cortical motor strip cause focal movements of the contralateral extremities.
▪ One of the four police officers injured in the explosion has been discharged from hospital.
▪ She had forgotten the sidearm, which she had kept sand-free but not discharged in months.
▪ There is emotional charge here somewhere which will discharge.
▪ Vicarious performance of a personal contract will not discharge the vendor nor bind the customer.
▪ Nacro was given an absolute discharge, but the county council was fined £200 and ordered to pay more than £450 costs.
▪ Ronald Hutchinson, 70, of Heaton, was given an absolute discharge and ordered to pay £1,170 compensation.
▪ Sheila, 56, was given an absolute discharge at Blyth, Northumberland, after admitting breaking a smoking ban.
▪ I had a conditional discharge for one and an absolute discharge for the other.
▪ For adult offenders these had for many years been confined to absolute or conditional discharges, fines and probation orders.
▪ All four shops were found guilty, but were given an absolute discharge.
▪ Mr Neilsen was given an absolute discharge, told to pay £10 compensation and £350 in costs.
▪ I've had probation, conditional discharge, deferred sentences, suspended sentences - everything.
▪ Magistrates gave him a conditional discharge and disqualified him from driving for two years.
▪ The magistrate gave Mr Smith a conditional discharge on each count, but he was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1800.
▪ Sigsworth was given a conditional discharge for 12 months.
▪ Magistrates gave him a 12month conditional discharge and ordered him to pay £35 costs.
▪ They were each given a two year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £35 costs.
▪ The outcome - a court-martial and a dishonourable discharge.
▪ After one too many dishonourable discharges the man was dishonourably discharged and Schultz found himself achieving early command.
▪ Such gases, mixed with water vapour, were subjected to electrical discharge and ultraviolet light.
▪ Ultraviolet radiation could do the same job as the electrical discharge in their laboratory.
▪ The deep rumbling beneath their feet abruptly stopped, and the electrical discharges faded away.
▪ The technical officer could not fail to be conscious of the lethal potential of an electrical discharge from the platform.
▪ Tiny electrical discharges zipped and buzzed about the hull as the fragile air was catalysed around them.
▪ An honorable discharge would mean that any reserve unit with openings would have to accept her application to fly.
▪ He wanted his honorable discharge reinstated.
▪ Then the Air Force could hardly acquiesce to an honorable discharge.
▪ He received an honorable discharge in 1968.
▪ With a less than honorable discharge, Smith may have difficulty obtaining employment.
▪ In more severe cases dyspnoea and tenacious nasal discharge are also present.
▪ A history of purulent nasal discharge may be obtained in headaches resulting from sinus disease.
▪ The nasal discharge and the discharge from the abscesses is highly infectious and this is how strangles is spread to other horses.
▪ Watery nasal discharge and obstruction goes from left to right nostril.
▪ Improved cleanliness of young children can reduce the nasal and ocular discharges that constitute a major reservoir of infectious material.
▪ However in heavy infections coughing is marked, and is accompanied by dyspnoea and nasal discharge.
▪ Relief often comes with a discharge such as the menses or a nasal discharge etc.
Vaginal discharge Vaginal discharge is one of the commonest female complaints and one that is in general poorly understood and looked after.
▪ On examination there was little abnormal to see, the cervix looked very healthy and there was no excess of vaginal discharge.
▪ This rod-shaped bacterium is a not uncommon cause of an offensive vaginal discharge in women.
▪ In the female it is important to treat any cause of vaginal discharge.
▪ This is unlikely to produce anything more than a slight increase in vaginal discharge which has no particular distinguishing features.
▪ Any uncharacteristic vaginal discharge, especially if accompanied by lower abdominal pain or fever.
▪ When there is active infection, the virus can be found in saliva, urine, vaginal discharge, and semen.
▪ In particular, they are not associated with non-gonococcal urethritis and do not produce a typical vaginal discharge.
▪ Even though all authorities met the 31 December deadline, good intentions on effective hospital discharges must still be proved.
▪ A booklet on hospital discharge procedures is now imminent from the Department of Health.
▪ They deal with hospital discharge procedures and state that district health authorities should obey circulars.
▪ Based at Southland hospital he will manage the hospital discharge scheme, organising support for people returning home after treatment.
▪ The hospital discharge data are based on disease episodes, not on separate patients.
▪ However, shortage of physiotherapy and other services, together with rapid hospital discharge, militates against such results being achieved.
▪ So I applied for my discharge and it was granted.
▪ However, the same principles apply to planning the discharge of these patients.
▪ Nacro was given an absolute discharge, but the county council was fined £200 and ordered to pay more than £450 costs.
▪ The inspector general, relying upon the testimony of white citizens, recommended that the whole unit be given dishonorable discharges.
▪ Ronald Hutchinson, 70, of Heaton, was given an absolute discharge and ordered to pay £1,170 compensation.
▪ She wrote a letter telling him that the Marine Corps had given him a dishonorable discharge.
▪ Magistrates gave him a conditional discharge and disqualified him from driving for two years.
▪ Sigsworth was given a conditional discharge for 12 months.
▪ This will eliminate the disposal of waste acid in the North Sea and significantly reduce discharge to the River Tees.
▪ Pain and a nasal discharge may mean the patient has a sinus infection.
▪ the discharge of a firearm
▪ Tony wanted to get married as soon as he got his discharge from the army.
▪ But, the discharge having occurred, it takes time for such another potential to accumulate.
▪ Huge gaps were torn in the Confederate line at every discharge.
▪ Patients with generalized epilepsy often show generalized spike and wave discharges.
▪ Relief often comes with a discharge such as the menses or a nasal discharge etc.
▪ Secondly, patients in hospital may also avoid hasty discharge to residential or care homes if they face means tested charges.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

electric current \electric current\, electrical current \electrical current\, the movement of electrically charged particles, atoms, or ions, through solids, liquids, gases, or free space; the term is usually used of relatively smooth movements of electric charge through conductors, whether constant or variable. Sudden movements of charge are usually referred to by other terms, such as spark or lightning or discharge. In metallic conductors the electric current is usually due to movement of electrons through the metal. The current is measured as the rate of movement of charge per unit time, and is counted in units of amperes. As a formal definition, the direction of movement of electric current is considered as the same as the direction of movement of positive charge, or in a direction opposite to the movement of negative charge. Electric current may move constantly in a single direction, called direct current (abbreviated DC), or may move alternately in one direction and then the opposite direction, called alternating current (abbreviated AC).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 14c., "to exempt, exonerate, release," from Old French deschargier (12c., Modern French décharger) "to unload, discharge," from Late Latin discarricare, from dis- "do the opposite of" (see dis-) + carricare "load" (see charge (v.)).\n

\nMeaning "to unload, to free from" is late 14c. Of weapons, from 1550s. The electrical sense is first attested 1748. Meaning "to fulfill, to perform one's duties" is from c.1400. Related: Discharged; discharging.


late 14c., "relief from misfortune," see discharge (v.). Meaning "release from work or duty" is from early 15c.


n. 1 (context symptom English) (''uncountable'') pus or exudate (other than blood) from a wound or orifice, usually due to infection or pathology 2 the act of accomplishing (an obligation); performance 3 the act of expelling or letting go 4 (context electricity English) the act of releasing an accumulated charge 5 (context medicine English) the act of releasing an inpatient from hospital 6 (context military English) the act of releasing a member of the armed forces from service 7 (context hydrology English) the volume of water transported by a river in a certain amount of time, usually in units of m3/s (cubic meters per second) vb. 1 To accomplish or complete, as an obligation. 2 To free of a debt, claim, obligation, responsibility, accusation, etc.; to absolve; to acquit; to clear. 3 To send away (a creditor) satisfied by payment; to pay one's debt or obligation to. 4 To set aside; to annul; to dismiss. 5 To expel or let go. 6 To let fly, as a missile; to shoot. 7 (context electricity English) To release (an accumulated charge). 8 To relieve of an office or employment; to send away from service; to dismiss. 9 # (context medicine English) To release (an inpatient) from hospital. 10 # (context military English) To release (a member of the armed forces) from service. 11 To release legally from confinement; to set at liberty. 12 To operate (any weapon that fires a projectile, such as a shotgun or sling). 13 To release (an auxiliary assumption) from the list of assumptions used in arguments, and return to the main argument. 14 To unload a ship or another means of transport. 15 To put forth, or remove, as a charge or burden; to take out, as that with which anything is loaded or filled. 16 To give forth; to emit or send out. 17 To let fly; to give expression to; to utter. 18 (cx transitive textiles English) To bleach out or to remove or efface, as by a chemical process. 19 (context obsolete Scotland English) To prohibit; to forbid.

  1. v. complete or carry out; "discharge one's duties" [syn: dispatch, complete]

  2. pour forth or release; "discharge liquids"

  3. eliminate (substances) from the body [syn: expel, eject, release]

  4. free from obligations or duties [syn: free]

  5. remove the charge from [ant: charge]

  6. go off or discharge; "The gun fired" [syn: fire, go off]

  7. pronounce not guilty of criminal charges; "The suspect was cleared of the murder charges" [syn: acquit, assoil, clear, exonerate, exculpate] [ant: convict]

  8. leave or unload, especially of passengers or cargo; [syn: drop, set down, put down, unload]

  9. cause to go off; "fire a gun"; "fire a bullet" [syn: fire]

  10. release from military service [syn: muster out] [ant: enlist]

  11. become empty or void of its content; "The room emptied" [syn: empty] [ant: fill]

  1. n. the sudden giving off of energy

  2. the act of venting [syn: venting]

  3. a substance that is emitted or released [syn: emission]

  4. any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body; "the discharge of pus" [syn: emission, expelling]

  5. electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field [syn: spark, arc, electric arc, electric discharge]

  6. the pouring forth of a fluid [syn: outpouring, run]

  7. the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart) [syn: dismissal, dismission, firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking]

  8. a formal written statement of relinquishment [syn: release, waiver]

  9. the act of discharging a gun [syn: firing, firing off]

Discharge (hydrology)

In hydrology, discharge is the volume rate of water flow, including any suspended solids (e.g. sediment), dissolved chemicals (e.g. CaCO), or biologic material (e.g. diatoms), which is transported through a given cross-sectional area.

Synonyms vary by discipline, for example, a fluvial hydrologist studying natural river systems may define discharge as streamflow, whereas an engineer operating a reservoir system might define discharge as outflow, which is contrasted with inflow.

Discharge (sentence)

A discharge is a type of sentence where no punishment is imposed. An absolute discharge is unconditional: the defendant is not punished, and the case is over. In some jurisdictions, an absolute discharge means there is no conviction despite finding that the defendant is guilty. A conditional discharge is a sentence passed by a court whereby the defendant is not punished, provided they comply with certain conditions. After these conditions are met, the discharge becomes absolute. If the conditions are not met, the defendant is re-sentenced.

Discharge (album)

Discharge is the fifth album by hardcore punk band Discharge released in 2002 on Sanctuary Records. It is the final album with classic singer Cal Morris.


Discharge in the context to expel or to "let go" may refer to:

  • Military discharge, when a member of the armed forces is released from service
  • Termination of employment, the end of an employee's duration with an employer
  • Patient discharge, the formal ending of inpatient care
  • Discharge (sentence), a criminal sentence where no punishment is imposed
  • The act of firing a gun

Discharge in the context of a flow may refer to:

  • Electric discharge:
    • Discharger, an electrical device that releases stored energy
      • Battery discharging
      • Static discharger, a device used on airplanes to maintain use of electrical equipment
    • Electrostatic discharge, sudden and momentary electric current flows between two objects
      • Dielectric barrier discharge, the electrical discharge between two electrodes separated by an insulating dielectric barrier
    • Corona discharge, a type of electric current
    • Direct-current discharge, a plasma
    • Gas-discharge lamp, a light bulb that includes a discharge gas
    • Partial discharge, a temporary breakdown of electrical insulation
  • Discharge (hydrology), the amount of water flowing through the channel
    • Groundwater discharge, the volumetric flow rate of groundwater through an aquifer
    • Effluent released into a river or sea
  • Discharging method (discrete mathematics) is a proof technique in discrete mathematics
  • Discharge in the sense of flow of fluids from certain parts of the body:

    • Menstruation or other vaginal discharge
    • Nipple discharge, the release of fluid from the nipples of the breasts
    • Mucopurulent discharge, the emission or secretion of fluid containing mucus and pus

Discharge in music may refer to:

  • Discharge (band), British hardcore punk band
  • Discharge (album), a self-titled album by released in 2002
  • "Discharge", a song by Anthrax from Persistence of Time

Other uses of discharge include:

  • Bankruptcy discharge, the injunction that bars acts to enforce certain debts
  • In co-counselling, the ways in which pent-up emotional hurt can be released, e.g. via crying, laughter, etc.
  • Discharge petition, the process of bringing a bill out of committee to the floor for a vote without the cooperation of leadership
Discharge (band)

Discharge are a British hardcore punk band formed in 1977 by Terence "Tezz" Roberts and Royston "Rainy" Wainwright. While the band had substantial line-up changes over its history, the classic line-up from the early 1980s featured bassist Wainwright, drummer Gary Maloney, Anthony "Bones" Roberts playing guitar, and vocalist Kelvin "Cal" Morris (a.k.a. "Cal Voice").

The band is characterized by a minimalistic approach of music and lyrics. Heavy, distorted, and grinding guitar-driven sound and raw, shouted vocals similar to a political speech, with lyrics on anarchist and pacifist themes, over intense drone-like rhythms. AllMusic calls the band's sound a "high-speed noise overload" characterized by "ferocious noise blasts" The band's 1982 debut album, Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing, went to number two on the UK Indie Charts and number 40 in the UK Album Chart. In the early 1980s, numerous singles and EPs placed in the top 10 of the UK Indie Charts, including the 1981 EP Why? (#1) and the 1982 single State Violence State Control.

Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing paved the way for thrash metal, black metal, crust punk, grindcore and various extreme metal subgenres. "Discharge's influence on heavy metal is incalcuble and metal superstars such as Metallica, Anthrax and Sepultura have covered Discharge's songs in tribute." The musical genre of d-beat is named after Discharge and their distinctive drumbeat.

Usage examples of "discharge".

He was elected Vice-president in 1876, and the duties of that office have rarely been discharged by an abler or more courteous officer.

Why Adams failed to discharge Oliver Wolcott while cleaning house was never adequately explained.

Great numbers of the Alani, appeased by the punctual discharge of the engagements which Aurelian had contracted with them, relinquished their booty and captives, and quietly retreated to their own deserts, beyond the Phasis.

Meanwhile, Castle launched a frontal assault on the water problem by cracking down on industrial pollution, enforcing compliance with laws already on the books to eliminate poisonous industrial discharges into rivers and streams, and successfully lobbying for laws that gave tax credits to factories that installed antipollution and water-recycling equipment.

His brain took a nanosecond to process the backlighted outline of a female figure pointing a discharged gun.

His discharge diagnosis was fever of unknown origin with bacteroides septicemia.

To punish him, I have had him placed for a short time in the Bastile, that he may learn to be more circumspect in the discharge of his duty, and that his example may serve as a warning to others.

These were old markings though, and my attention returned to the fresh wound: I thought I noticed something embedded there, a slight, blackish protrusion under the slick coat of discharging blood.

He had discharged himself without fuss from an Academy for the Sons of Gentlemen in Brno, and from the British public school recommended by his grandmother, the redoubtable Nora Coutts, who lived in a wing of the house drinking Earl Grey tea from Harrods and bullying him about the syntax of the English language.

Individual tribesmen ran up, shouting insults, to within fifty yards of the Buffs and discharged their rifles.

Of course, menstruation before the third or fourth year is extremely rare, most of the cases reported before this age being merely accidental sanguineous discharges from the genitals, not regularly periodical, and not true catamenia.

A run was then made to Charlottetown, Granada, where the collection was discharged, cleaned and packed in hogsheads all ready for the first boat that would call, bound for New York.

In this difficult and well-managed operation the gaps between the British columns were concealed by the lighting of long veld-fires and the discharge of rifles by scattered scouts.

Doc waited a few minutes for the capacitors to fully discharge, just in case the comps had crash protectors, then hit the master switch once more.

The table is covered with the piece of plywood and purple velvet cloth stored in the game closet beside the Crokinole board and discharged pool cues.