relaxation

The noun relaxation describes the act of making something less strict. If your boss announces a relaxation of the company dress code, that means lots of happy people will be wearing jeans to work.

Relaxation carries many shades of meaning. It can describe being free from responsibility, like a relaxation of your usual obligations that comes while you're on vacation. The feeling of rest and peacefulness that can come from this freedom is also called relaxation. It comes from Latin: re- means "again," laxare means "loosen," and the suffix -ation means "the state of." So relaxation is the state of loosening something again.

Primary Meanings of relaxation

1.
n
freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)
2.
n
(physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers
3.
n
(physics) the exponential return of a system to equilibrium after a disturbance
4.
n
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
Full Definitions of relaxation
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n freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)

Synonyms:
ease, repose, rest
Types:
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bed rest, bedrest
confinement to bed continuously (as in the case of some sick or injured persons)
laziness
relaxed and easy activity
lie-in
a long stay in bed in the morning
dormancy, quiescence, quiescency, sleeping
quiet and inactive restfulness
leisure
freedom to choose a pastime or enjoyable activity
vegetation
inactivity that is passive and monotonous, comparable to the inactivity of plant life
vacationing
the act of taking a vacation
Type of:
inactivity
being inactive; being less active

n a feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry

Synonyms:
easiness
Types:
dreaminess, languor
a relaxed comfortable feeling
Type of:
quietness, quietude, tranquility, tranquillity
a state of peace and quiet

n the act of making less strict

Synonyms:
liberalisation, liberalization
Type of:
alleviation, easement, easing, relief
the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)

n an occurrence of control or strength weakening

“the relaxation of requirements”
Synonyms:
loosening, slackening
Types:
thaw
a relaxation or slackening of tensions or reserve; becoming less hostile
Type of:
weakening
becoming weaker
2

n (physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers

Type of:
growth, increase, increment
a process of becoming larger or longer or more numerous or more important
3

n (physics) the exponential return of a system to equilibrium after a disturbance

Synonyms:
relaxation behavior
Type of:
exponential decay, exponential return
a decrease that follows an exponential function
4

n 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

Synonyms:
relaxation method
Type of:
mathematical operation, mathematical process, operation
(mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods

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