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English noun: relaxation

1. relaxation (process) (physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers

Broader (hypernym)growth, increase, increment

Domain categoryphysiology

2. relaxation (process) (physics) the exponential return of a system to equilibrium after a disturbance

Synonymsrelaxation behavior

Broader (hypernym)exponential decay, exponential return

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

3. relaxation (feeling) a feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry

SamplesThe easiness we feel when sleeping.


Broader (hypernym)quietness, quietude, tranquility, tranquillity

Narrower (hyponym)dreaminess, languor

4. relaxation (event) an occurrence of control or strength weakening

SamplesThe relaxation of requirements.
The loosening of his grip.
The slackening of the wind.

Synonymsloosening, slackening

Broader (hypernym)weakening

Narrower (hyponym)thaw

5. relaxation (act) freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)

SamplesTook his repose by the swimming pool.

Synonymsease, repose, rest

Broader (hypernym)inactivity

Narrower (hyponym)bed rest, bedrest, dormancy, laziness, leisure, lie-in, quiescence, quiescency, sleeping

6. relaxation (act) a method of solving simultaneous equations by guessing a solution and then reducing the errors that result by successive approximations until all the errors are less than some specified amount

Synonymsrelaxation method

Broader (hypernym)mathematical operation, mathematical process, operation

7. relaxation (act) the act of making less strict

Synonymsliberalisation, liberalization

Broader (hypernym)alleviation, easement, easing, relief

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