• The boys poke about in a brook, while the girls relax on the bank
    The boys poke about in a brook, while the girls relax on the bank
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v relax cause to feel relaxed "A hot bath always relaxes me"
    • v relax become less tense, rest, or take one's ease "He relaxed in the hot tub","Let's all relax after a hard day's work"
    • v relax become loose or looser or less tight "The noose loosened","the rope relaxed"
    • v relax make less taut "relax the tension on the rope"
    • v relax make less active or fast "He slackened his pace as he got tired","Don't relax your efforts now"
    • v relax become less severe or strict "The rules relaxed after the new director arrived"
    • v relax make less severe or strict "The government relaxed the curfew after most of the rebels were caught"
    • v relax become less tense, less formal, or less restrained, and assume a friendlier manner "our new colleague relaxed when he saw that we were a friendly group"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper was so relaxed on the morning of his launch into space in May 1963 that he fell asleep in his space capsule while waiting for blastoff.
    • Relax Hence, to relieve from attention or effort; to ease; to recreate; to divert; as, amusement relaxes the mind.
    • n Relax Relaxation.
    • a Relax Relaxed; lax; hence, remiss; careless.
    • Relax To abate in severity; to become less rigorous. "In others she relaxed again,
      And governed with a looser rein."
    • Relax To become lax, weak, or loose; as, to let one's grasp relax . "His knees relax with toil."
    • Relax To make lax or loose; to make less close, firm, rigid, tense, or the like; to slacken; to loosen; to open; as, to relax a rope or cord; to relax the muscles or sinews. "Horror . . . all his joints relaxed .""Nor served it to relax their serried files."
    • Relax To make less severe or rigorous; to abate the stringency of; to remit in respect to strenuousness, earnestness, or effort; as, to relax discipline; to relax one's attention or endeavors. "The statute of mortmain was at several times relaxed by the legislature."
    • Relax To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open; as, an aperient relaxes the bowels.
    • Relax To remit attention or effort; to become less diligent; to unbend; as, to relax in study.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Three chemicals are used to execute criminals by lethal injection. First, Sodium Thiopental is injected, causing the inmate to fall into a deep sleep. The second chemical agent, Pancuronium Bromide, a muscle relaxer, follows. This causes the inmate to stop breathing due to paralyses of the diaphragm and lungs. Finally, Potassium Chloride is injected, stopping the heart.
    • relax To slacken; make more lax or less tense or rigid; loosen; make less close or firm: as, to relax a rope or cord; to relax the muscles or sinews.
    • relax To make less severe or rigorous; remit or abate in strictness: as, to relax a law or rule.
    • relax To remit or abate in respect to attention, assiduity, effort, or labor: as, to relax study; to relax exertions or efforts.
    • relax To relieve from attention or effort; afford a relaxation to; unbend: as, conversation relaxes the mind of the student.
    • relax To abate; take away.
    • relax To relieve from constipation; loosen; open: as, medicines relax the bowels.
    • relax To set loose or free; give up or over.
    • relax Synonyms To loose, unbrace, weaken, enervate, debilitate.
    • relax To mitigate, ease.
    • relax To divert, recreate.
    • relax To become loose, feeble, or languid.
    • relax To abate in severity; become more mild or less rigorous.
    • relax To remit in close attention; unbend.
    • n relax Relaxation.
    • relax Relaxed; loose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Catherine the Great relaxed by being tickled.
    • v.t Relax rē-laks′ to loosen one thing away from another: to slacken: to make less close, tense, or rigid: to make less severe: to relieve from attention or effort: to divert: to open or loosen, as the bowels: to make languid
    • v.i Relax to become less close: to become less severe: to attend less
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  • Plato
    “Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold and have escaped, not from one master, but from many.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “Art raises its head where creeds relax.”
  • Patty Sheehan
    Patty Sheehan
    “Enjoy the successes that you have, and don't be too hard on yourself when you don't do well. Too many times we beat up on ourselves. Just relax and enjoy it.”
  • Mary Decker Slaney
    Mary Decker Slaney
    “I've always got such high expectations for myself. I'm aware of them, but I can't relax them.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “One should not be too severe on English novels; they are the only relaxation of the intellectually unemployed.”
  • Gay Hendricks
    Gay Hendricks
    “As we free our breath (through diaphragmatic breathing) we relax our emotions and let go our body tensions.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. relaxare,; pref. re-, re- + laxare, to loose, to slacken, from laxus, loose. See Lax, and cf. Relay (n.) Release


In literature:

The girl was out from under his knee at the first relaxation of pressure.
"Police Your Planet" by Lester del Rey
She seemed to love the ease, the relaxation, the small luxuries.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
What she expected of Harry, a violent act or a quick relaxation of his iron mood, she had not time to consider, for the shopkeeper had moved.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
Marian's grip on my arm relaxed and she stepped back.
"Highways in Hiding" by George Oliver Smith
And then, they relax, they contract.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
Seat yourselves in these chairs and relax.
"The Black Star Passes" by John W Campbell
He heard an indignant squeal and relaxed with a little laugh.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
Rest and relaxation are quite necessary for men and women even in the best of health.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
They relaxed most of the afternoon, swimming and indulging in a few wrestling matches.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
Trigger told herself to relax.
"Legacy" by James H Schmitz

In poetry:

Relaxation! just say whither
Are we to go forth to get it;
Of that comfort I get little--
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
And not in vain in this soft air
Shall hard-strung nerves relax,
Not all in vain the o'erworn brain
Forego its daily tax.
"June On The Merrimac" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Is thy wrath at last relaxing?
Art thou merciful, once more?
Yea, behold the torrent waxing!
Yea, behold the flooded shore!
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Cool grows the sick and feverish calm,
Relaxed the frosty twine.--
The pine-tree dreameth of the palm,
The palm-tree of the pine.
"The Palm And The Pine" by Heinrich Heine
For e'en at times, I saw thy face
Relax, and look with pity down,
On struggling, weary mortals here,
Without one scornful glance or frown.
"Happiness" by Thomas Frederick Young
Aye! well may thy brow relax its gloom,
For a talisman hast thou
’Gainst hopes that are blighted in their bloom,
’Gainst scornful look or brow—
Her heart is a high and a holy throne
Where monarch supreme thou reignest alone.
"Husband And Wife" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

Thankfully, its fruity floral scent is more "relaxing spa" than "teenybopper body mist.".
Cuba's government is relaxing its grip on the economy with a host of reforms.
On a hot summer day, what's better than a nice, relaxing bike ride.
I for one have not a clue why crocheting is deemed a "grandma hobby", I find it relaxing.
If the European Union votes next week to relax encryption regulations, the United States says it will take similar steps.
Imagine you're on the back porch, just after dusk, relaxing with a couple of friends.
Whether you are seeking friendship, love, forgiveness or just a place to relax and unwind & share stories from the heart, Delilah can help you.
According to new research from the University of Kansas, grinning helps you relax when you're stressed.
EVANSVILLE — Stephanie Milan, 18, was relaxing in her family's living room Thursday watching the Food Network when a heavily armed squad of Evansville police officers arrived on the front porch.
Dilly Deli features local favorites with relaxed flair.
Enlarge Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger Steve Cemeli with his dog Roscoe, left, talks to Lisa Klepp and her schnauzer Rudi as the bulldog maple relaxes as her sister's owner Cheri Miles talks to another dog owner.
One of the most relaxing vacations I ever spent was with my wife on Deer Isle, Maine.
Winter in Alaska — it's supposed to be this relaxing time to curl up in your cabin and take up quilting or write the Great American Novel.
Some of the bikers were on the field while others relaxed in lawn chairs or on the ground.
Vacations for us are fun, relaxing, and almost always educational.

In science:

Next we study the mechanism of transition from the initial relaxation (14) to the exponential relaxation.
Nonexponential Relaxation of Magnetization at the Resonant Tunneling Point under a Fluctuating Random Noise
Using the nonlinear residual equation as the basis for your relaxation scheme, relax Eq. (4.17) on level 2h, resulting in an improved approximation u2h .
Variational Principles in General Relativity
This is called violent relaxation, chaotic mixing or inviscid relaxation.
Generalized thermodynamics and Fokker-Planck equations. Applications to stellar dynamics, two-dimensional turbulence and Jupiter's great red spot
However, this return occurs on the Maxwell time scale, which is long compared to the relaxation time of the relaxation center.
Energy landscape - a key concept for the dynamics of glasses and liquids
It allows us to relax the nearest neighbors of site i independently of each other and before site i is relaxed.
Random Field Ising Model