• 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
    • n relaxation the act of making less strict
    • n relaxation 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
    • n relaxation freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility) "took his repose by the swimming pool"
    • n relaxation an occurrence of control or strength weakening "the relaxation of requirements","the loosening of his grip","the slackening of the wind"
    • n relaxation a feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry "the easiness we feel when sleeping"
    • n relaxation (physics) the exponential return of a system to equilibrium after a disturbance
    • n relaxation (physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers
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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.
    • Relaxation Remission from attention and effort; indulgence in recreation, diversion, or amusement. "Hours of careless relaxation ."
    • Relaxation The act or process of relaxing, or the state of being relaxed; as, relaxation of the muscles; relaxation of a law.
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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.
    • n relaxation The act of relaxing, or the state of being relaxed. A diminution of tone, tension, or firmness; specifically, in pathology, a looseness; a diminution of the natural and healthy tone of parts: as, relaxation of the soft palate.
    • n relaxation Remission or abatement of rigor.
    • n relaxation Remission of attention or application: as, relaxation of efforts.
    • n relaxation Unbending; recreation; a state or occupation intended to give mental or bodily relief after effort.
    • n relaxation Same as redislocation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Catherine the Great relaxed by being tickled.
    • Relaxation act of relaxing: state of being relaxed: remission of application: unbending: looseness
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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. relaxatio,; cf. F. relaxation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. relaxāre, -ātumre-, away from, laxāre, to loosen—laxus, loose.


In literature:

He was more conservative, however, in mending the purely social strands so long relaxed or severed.
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
But the Court relaxed this petty fine too often.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
He sank down in an arm-chair and leaned his head back in the relaxed pose of listening.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
In the relaxation of the thought they found pity for those ordered out of season into the Silent Places.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
Nor is it only in the touch that smooth bodies cause positive pleasure by relaxation.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
So the first thing you have to learn is this mental control and to relax.
"Diet and Health" by Lulu Hunt Peters
Its altitude is lower than that of Johannesburg, and the climate very relaxing.
"A Woman's Part in a Revolution" by Natalie Harris Hammond
Her grim features which relaxed so rarely relaxed now and her eyes were soft.
"The Hosts of the Air" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The tenseness of her attitude relaxed suddenly when the child was gone.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
I keep the diaphragm relaxed.
"Vocal Mastery" by Harriette Brower

In poetry:

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
At White Cloud Spring on Tianping Mountain
the clouds are mindless and the water relaxed.
Why bother to rush down the mountain slope
and add waves to the human world?
"White Cloud Spring" by Bai JuYi
We ride through space upon your shoulders
Conveniently and lightly set,
And, so accustomed, we relax our hold,
Forget the gentle motion of your body--
But You do not forget.
"Gravikty" by Harold Monro
We ride through space upon your shoulders
Conveniently and lightly set,
And, so accustomed, we relax our hold,
Forget the gentle motion of your body — But You do not forget.
"Gravity" by Harold Munro
Thus spoke the man, and closed his lips became,
The fire forsook his lately flashing eye,
His nerves relax'd, and o'er his brow, the same
Dark cloud of bitter woe, could I descry.
"The Teacher" by Thomas Frederick Young
I. NEGLECTED long, and wrapt in idle slumber,
Forlorn, obscure, this hapless thing I found;
Thy chords relax'd, and ev'ry tuneful number
Latent and still with thy sweet soul of sound.
"The Spanish Guitar" by Sydney Owenson

In news:

The relaxing atmosphere is healthy, too.
This is a relaxed and friendly outpost for family-style dining.
I know a relaxed bow arm is part of good form, but should I keep it straight or just unlocked or bent downward.
Relaxing at Brazos Bend State Park.
Yoga is supposed to be relaxing, calming, even spiritual.
A big night for Andy Rose enabled the Sounders to relax.
Everyone in Canaan Valley can relax, now that Almost Heaven Massage Therapy is open for business.
His store sells scuba equipment, organizes dive trips and offers classes in "one of the most relaxing activities you can do.".
Relax your body and calm your mind for a longer, healthier life.
The island, just 26 miles across the sea, as the song goes, is an easy-to-reach getaway for lovers of nature and relaxation.
Ladies, seems like we can all relax.
A reporter flies all the way across the country with family in tow only to find that Europe would have been more relaxing.
You can relax on that front.
The American Academy of Pediatricians backs away from an ill-conceived move to relax its rules on the practice.
Summer is a fun, relaxed time.

In science:

This is also reflected in the asymptotic behavior of the fractional relaxation of distributed order, which does not deviate from the usual relaxation behavior (unlike ψel k,α ).
Fractional relaxation equations and Brownian crossing probabilities of a random boundary
We will solve this problem using the relaxation method where the integrals are calculated basing on previous relaxation steps.
Slim accretion disks around black holes
These plots indicate that the mass of the material left outside the AH relaxes to a quasisteady value for t − tmerger & 3–4 ms, and the relaxed value increases monotonically as the BH spin increases from retrograde to prograde.
Gravitational waves from spinning black hole-neutron star binaries: dependence on black hole spins and on neutron star equations of state
Both the samples exhibit two-power-law relaxation behavior with power-law exponents satisfying relaxation m < 1 − n.
Experimental Evidence of the Role of Compound Counting Processes in Random Walk Approaches to Fractional Dynamics
Roland, “Do theories of the glass transition, in which the structural relaxation time does not define the dispersion of the structural relaxation, need revision?” J.
What constitutes a simple liquid?