Meaning of RELAXATION in English


/ree'lak say"sheuhn/ , n.

1. abatement or relief from bodily or mental work, effort, application, etc.

2. an activity or recreation that provides such relief; diversion; entertainment.

3. a loosening or slackening.

4. diminution or remission of strictness or severity.

5. Math. a numerical procedure for solving systems of equations by successive approximations of the variables.

6. Physics.

a. the return of a system undergoing dissipation to an initial state of equilibrium after being displaced from it.

b. the approach to steady-state operation of a system that has undergone dissipation and a change in state or has been subjected to an abrupt periodic disturbance.

[ 1375-1425; late ME relaxation- (s. of relaxatio ), equiv. to relaxat ( us ) (ptp. of relaxare to RELAX; see -ATE 1 ) + -ion- -ION ]

Syn. 2. fun, amusement, pleasure.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .