(v. t.) To mark out and make known; to point out; to name; to indicate; to show; to distinguish by marks or description; to specify; as, to designate the boundaries of a country; to designate the rioters who are to be arrested.
(v. t.) To call by a distinctive title; to name.
(v. t.) To indicate or set apart for a purpose or duty; -- with to or for; to designate an officer for or to the command of a post or station.
(v. i.) To throw off or deliver a load, charge, or burden; to unload; to emit or give vent to fluid or other contents; as, the water pipe discharges freely.
(v. t.) To relieve of a charge, load, or burden; to empty of a load or cargo; to unburden; to unload; as, to discharge a vessel.
(v. t.) To free of the missile with which anything is charged or loaded; to let go the charge of; as, to discharge a bow, catapult, etc.; especially, said of firearms, -- to fire off; to shoot off; also, to relieve from a state of tension, as a Leyden jar.
(v. t.) To of something weighing upon or impeding over one, as a debt, claim, obligation, responsibility, accusation, etc.; to absolve; to acquit; to clear.
(v. t.) To relieve of an office or employment; to send away from service; to dismiss.
(v. t.) To release legally from confinement; to set at liberty; as, to discharge a prisoner.
(v. t.) To put forth, or remove, as a charge or burden; to take out, as that with which anything is loaded or filled; as, to discharge a cargo.
(v. t.) To let fly, as a missile; to shoot.
(v. t.) To set aside; to annul; to dismiss.
(v. t.) To throw off the obligation of, as a duty or debt; to relieve one's self of, by fulfilling conditions, performing duty, trust, and the like; hence, to perform or execute, as an office, or part.
(v. t.) To send away (a creditor) satisfied by payment; to pay one's debt or obligation to.
(v. t.) To give forth; to emit or send out; as, a pipe discharges water; to let fly; to give expression to; to utter; as, to discharge a horrible oath.
(v. t.) To prohibit; to forbid.
(v. t.) The act of discharging; the act of relieving of a charge or load; removal of a load or burden; unloading; as, the discharge of a ship; discharge of a cargo.
(v. t.) Firing off; explosive removal of a charge; explosion; letting off; as, a discharge of arrows, of artillery.
(v. t.) Act of relieving of something which oppresses or weighs upon one, as an obligation, liability, debt, accusation, etc.; acquittance; as, the discharge of a debtor.
(v. t.) Act of removing, or getting rid of, an obligation, liability, etc.; fulfillment, as by the payment of a debt, or the performance of a trust or duty.
(v. t.) Release or dismissal from an office, employment, etc.; dismission; as, the discharge of a workman by his employer.
(v. t.) Legal release from confinement; liberation; as, the discharge of a prisoner.
(v. t.) The state of being discharged or relieved of a debt, obligation, office, and the like; acquittal.
(v. t.) That which discharges or releases from an obligation, liability, penalty, etc., as a price of ransom, a legal document.
(v. t.) A flowing or issuing out; emission; vent; evacuation; also, that which is discharged or emitted; as, a rapid discharge of water from the pipe.
(n.) The power of the mind to reason or infer by running, as it were, from one fact or reason to another, and deriving a conclusion; an exercise or act of this power; reasoning; range of reasoning faculty.
(n.) Conversation; talk.
(n.) The art and manner of speaking and conversing.
(n.) Consecutive speech, either written or unwritten, on a given line of thought; speech; treatise; dissertation; sermon, etc.; as, the preacher gave us a long discourse on duty.
(n.) Dealing; transaction.
(v. i.) To exercise reason; to employ the mind in judging and inferring; to reason.
(v. i.) To express one's self in oral discourse; to expose one's views; to talk in a continuous or formal manner; to hold forth; to speak; to converse.
(v. i.) To relate something; to tell.
(v. i.) To treat of something in writing and formally.
(v. t.) To treat of; to expose or set forth in language.
(v. i.) To release one's self; to become detached; to free one's self.
(v. t.) To release from that with which anything is engaged, engrossed, involved, or entangled; to extricate; to detach; to set free; to liberate; to clear; as, to disengage one from a party, from broils and controversies, from an oath, promise, or occupation; to disengage the affections a favorite pursuit, the mind from study.