• WordNet 3.6
    • v release generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids "secrete digestive juices","release a hormone into the blood stream"
    • v release eliminate (a substance) "combustion products are exhausted in the engine","the plant releases a gas"
    • v release make (assets) available "release the holdings in the dictator's bank account"
    • v release prepare and issue for public distribution or sale "publish a magazine or newspaper"
    • v release let (something) fall or spill from a container "turn the flour onto a plate"
    • v release release, as from one's grip "Let go of the door handle, please!","relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall"
    • v release release (gas or energy) as a result of a chemical reaction or physical decomposition
    • v release part with a possession or right "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest","resign a claim to the throne"
    • v release grant freedom to; free from confinement
    • v release make (information) available for publication "release the list with the names of the prisoners"
    • n release the act of liberating someone or something
    • n release (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone
    • n release a formal written statement of relinquishment
    • n release the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
    • n release the act of allowing a fluid to escape
    • n release activity that frees or expresses creative energy or emotion "she had no other outlet for her feelings","he gave vent to his anger"
    • n release merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film) "a new release from the London Symphony Orchestra"
    • n release a device that when pressed will release part of a mechanism
    • n release a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation
    • n release an announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation
    • n release euphemistic expressions for death "thousands mourned his passing"
    • n release a process that liberates or discharges something "there was a sudden release of oxygen","the release of iodine from the thyroid gland"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a lifetime, an average driver will release approximately 912 pints of wind inside a car
    • Release (Mach) A device adapted to hold or release a device or mechanism as required;
    • Release (Law) A giving up or relinquishment of some right or claim; a conveyance of a man's right in lands or tenements to another who has some estate in possession; a quitclaim.
    • Release Discharge from obligation or responsibility, as from debt, penalty, or claim of any kind; acquittance.
    • Release (Railroads) In the block-signaling system, a printed card conveying information and instructions to be used at intermediate sidings without telegraphic stations.
    • Release Relief from care, pain, or any burden.
    • Release The act of letting loose or freeing, or the state of being let loose or freed; liberation or discharge from restraint of any kind, as from confinement or bondage. "Who boast'st release from hell."
    • Release (Steam Engine) The act of opening the exhaust port to allow the steam to escape.
    • Release (Phon) The act or manner of ending a sound.
    • v. t Release To lease again; to grant a new lease of; to let back.
    • Release (Law) To let go, as a legal claim; to discharge or relinquish a right to, as lands or tenements, by conveying to another who has some right or estate in possession, as when the person in remainder releases his right to the tenant in possession; to quit.
    • Release To let loose again; to set free from restraint, confinement, or servitude; to give liberty to, or to set at liberty; to let go. "Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired."
    • Release To loosen; to relax; to remove the obligation of; as, to release an ordinance. "A sacred vow that none should aye release ."
    • Release To relieve from something that confines, burdens, or oppresses, as from pain, trouble, obligation, penalty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world'snuclear weapons combined.
    • release To let loose; set free from restraint or confmement; liberate, as from prison, confinement, or servitude.
    • release To free from pain, care, trouble, grief, or any other evil.
    • release To free from obligation or penalty: as, to release one from debt, or from a promise or covenant.
    • release To forgive.
    • release To quit; let go, as a legal claim; remit; surrender or relinquish: as, to release a debt, or to release a right to lands or tenements by conveying to another already having some right or estate in possession. Thus, a remainder-man releases his right to the tenant in possession; one coparcener releases his right to the other; or the mortgagee releases to the mortgager or owner of the equity of redemption.
    • release To relax.
    • release To let slip; let go; give up.
    • release To take out of pawn. Nabbes, The Bride (4 to, 1640), sig. F. iv. Synonyms To loose, deliver.
    • n release Liberation or discharge from restraint of any kind, as from confinement or bondage.
    • n release Liberation from care, pain, or any burden.
    • n release Discharge from obligation or responsibility, as from debt, tax, penalty, or claim of any kind; acquittance.
    • n release In law, a surrender of a right; a remission of a claim in such form as to estop the grantor from asserting it. again. More specifically— An instrument by which a creditor or lienor discharges the debt or lien, or frees a particular person or property therefrom, irrespective of whether payment or satisfaction has actually been made. Hence usually it implies a sealed instrument. See receipt.
    • n release In a steam-engine, the opening of the exhaust-port before the stroke is finished, to lessen the back-pressure.
    • n release In archery, the act of letting go the bowstring in shooting; the mode of performing this act, which differs among different peoples.
    • n release =Syn. 1–3. Deliverance, excuse, exemption, exoneration, absolution, clearance. See the verb.
    • release To lease again or anew.
    • n release See combination button.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A cow releases about 125 gallons of gas per day
    • v.t Release rē-lēs′ to grant a new lease of
    • v.t Release rē-lēs′ to let loose from: to set free: to discharge from: to relieve: to let go, give up a right to
    • n Release a setting free: discharge or acquittance: the giving up of a claim: liberation from pain
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  • Amelia Earhart
    Amelia Earhart
    “Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things; knows not the livid loneliness of fear.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    “I believe in democracy, because it releases the energies of every human being.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “Enthusiasm releases the drive to carry you over obstacles and adds significance to all you do.”
  • Lillian Smith
    Lillian Smith
    “The human heart dares not stay away too long from that which hurt it most. There is a return journey to anguish that few of us are released from making.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. relessen, OF. relassier, to release, to let free. See Relay (n.) Relax, and cf. Release to lease again


In literature:

Why do they think she could be released?
"Valley of the Croen" by Lee Tarbell
He was tied on the rack, but when he refused to accuse his brethren he was released from it.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
I've had others arrested, and their crazy neighbors have released them.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Kate pulled the boulder away, and released the prisoner.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
The amount of land thus released for other needs finally amounted to perhaps 60 million acres, and maybe even more.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
I release you from your part of it.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
A person charged with felony is not entitled as of right to be released on bail.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Brought home a prisoner, he was released on parole, that he might stand his trial.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
When she saw Alden, she would ask to be released.
"Master of the Vineyard" by Myrtle Reed
He could not understand why the young hunter had not long ago come to release them.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

She grieved; and in secret the sigh would release,
That long in her breast had been stifled.
She pined; and in solitude mourned for the peace,
Whereof her young heart had been rifled.
"The Hidden Name" by Hannah Flagg Gould
But, O my gentle sisters, O my brothers,
These thick-sown snow-flakes hint of toil's release;
These feebler pulses bid me leave to others
The tasks once welcome; evening asks for peace.
"The Iron Gate" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And then the children!--Oh, Thou art another!
Not God! but Fiend, whom God has given release!--
Will prayer avail naught? tears of father, mother?
To give at last the weary world surcease
"The Iron Age" by Madison Julius Cawein
O blessed influence of the past!
May all my mother's counsels last
Until my heart shall cease
To send its crimson current round
The tenement wherein 'tis bound,
And Death shall bring release.
"My Mother's Love" by Jared Barhite
The man of strife, he enters in,
Looks, and his pride doth cease;
Anger and sorrow shall be to-morrow
Trouble, and no release;
But the babe whose life awoke the strife
Hath entered into peace.
"Strife and Peace" by Jean Ingelow
Then is it that yon steeple there,
With music sweet shall fill the air,
When thou no more canst hear?
Oh, no! oh, no! for then, forgiven,
I shall be with my God in heaven,
Released from every fear.
"I'm Pleased and Yet I'm Sad" by Henry Kirke White

In news:

After releasing several singles over the past two years, Nashville-based PUJOL will release their debut full-length album, United States of Being, on June 5th.
Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the release of the first James Bond flick, "Dr. No," the latest Bond theme song has been released online.
With those words, at the top of the accidentally released Google Q3 earnings release earlier this morning, a meme was born.
The Eclipse Foundation has released its ninth annual simultaneous release train code-named " Juno " that features a new code completion technology that helps developers work smarter.
This album cover image released by Columbia Records shows the latest release more.
The country star is set to release a line of Keds the same day as her album release.
Valve has said its first Linux -based release will be Left 4 Dead 2, which was first released in 2009.
Sun Microsystems this week released "Looking Glass," a 3D desktop interface that provides an OS-neutral version of some of the elements found in OS X and Microsoft's newly-released Vista OS.
To keep Twi -hards thirsty for more, Summit Entertainment released a teaser trailer Tuesday of the epic conclusion of The Twilight Saga before a longer teaser is released Wednesday.
The Beatles announced that on Friday, October 5 they will be releasing a limited-edition 45 rpm of their first single "Love Me Do," for the 50th anniversary of the song's release.
It has been a decade since Matchbox Twenty released a new studio album (they released a greatest hits 5 years ago), but they are back with "North".
The most recent release is at the top of the list Click on date to review press release.
Recent Press Releases (View All Press Releases).
Those who still have a copy of the original Freight Train Boogie compilation, released in 2000, will notice three similarities to its just-released follow-up, Freight Train Boogie 2.
Microsoft may be set to make the Windows 8 Release Preview available today, earlier than the vendor's previously stated schedule of releasing the software during the first week in June.

In science:

The latter ob ject will be included in a future SDSS data release.
New Low Accretion-Rate Magnetic Binary Systems and their Significance for the Evolution of Cataclysmic Variables
There should appear a new state of matter once the energy gain by releasing the pressure between cross-species of quarks surpasses the gap energy, which occurs when M 2 s /2µ > ∆.
Analytical and numerical evaluation of the Debye and Meissner masses in dense neutral three-flavor quark matter
Assuming f (E ) is the probability that a GRB releases the isotropic energy between E and E+ dE , the probability that we observe a specified E is given by P (E ) = f (E )(1 − cos θj ).
Testing Gamma-Ray Burst Jet Structure with the Distribution of Gamma-Ray Energy Release
The original namespace in the XML specification was released by the W3C as a URI-based way to differentiate various XML vocabularies. This was then extended under the XML schema specification to include schema components and not just single elements and attributes.
Mathematical Models in Schema Theory
We now release a random walker at time t = 0.
Distance traveled by random walkers before absorption in a random medium