Monday, April 16, 2012

Discharge

Suggested by Mark E.

Definition: (from dictionary.com)
-verb (used with object)
1. to relieve of a charge or load; unload
2. to remove or send forth
3. to fire or shoot (a firearm or missile)
4. to pour forth; emit
5. to relieve oneself of (an obligation, burden, etc.)
-noun
6. the act of discharging a ship, load, etc.
7. the act of firing a weapon, as an arrow by drawing and releasing the string of the bow, or a gun by exploding the charge of powder
8. a sending or coming forth, as of water from a pipe; ejection; emission.
9. the rate or amount of such issue
10. something sent forth or emitted

Examples:
"Bridget was discharged from the hospital shortly after they removed the marble from her nostril."
"Wait. So the yellow discharge coming from the milk box didn't give you a hint it was bad?"

Origin: (from etymonline.com)
"early 14c., 'to exempt, exonerate, release,' from Old French deschargier (12c., Modern French. d├ęcharger) 'to unload, discharge,' from Late Latin discarricare, from dis- 'do the opposite of' + carricare 'load'. Meaning '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."

Awkwardness rating: 4

Okay, I won't stick them up my nose again. Can I be discharged now? (kardsunlimited.com)

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