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

  • A military discharge, issued when a member of the armed forces is released from service
  • Termination of employment, the end of an employee's duration with an employer
  • A patient discharge, the formal ending of inpatient care
  • Conditional discharge, a criminal sentence allowing a defendant to avoid punishment if certain conditions are met
  • The act of firing a gun
  • Port of discharge or delivery (POD)

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 electrical 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 river
  • 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

Other uses of discharge include:

  • 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
  • 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

Famous quotes containing the word discharge:

    No officer should be required or permitted to take part in the management of political organizations, caucuses, conventions, or election campaigns. Their right to vote and to express their views on public questions, either orally or through the press, is not denied, provided it does not interfere with the discharge of their official duties. No assessment for political purposes on officers or subordinates should be allowed.
    Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822–1893)

    ... women of the North, I ask you to rise up with earnest, honest purpose, and go forward in the way of right, fearlessly, as independent human beings, responsible to God alone for the discharge of every duty, for the faithful use of every gift, the good Father has given you. Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world will say, whether you are in your place or out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, do your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.
    Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906)

    Gratitude among friends is like credit among tradesmen: it keeps business up, and maintains commerce. And we pay not because it is just to discharge our debts, but that we might the more easily find lenders on another occasion.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)