ETYM Cf. French décharge. Related to Discharge.
In a river, the volume of water passing a certain point per unit of time. It is usually expressed in cubic meters per second (cumecs). The discharge of a particular river channel may be calculated by multiplying the channel's cross-sectional area (in square meters) by the velocity of the water (in meters per second).
1. A substance that is emitted or released; SYN. emission.
2. Any of several bodily processes by which substances go out of the body; SYN. emission, expelling.
3. Electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field; SYN. spark, arc, electric arc, electric discharge.
4. The act of discharging a gun; SYN. firing, firing off.
5. The act of venting; SYN. venting.
6. The pouring forth of a fluid; SYN. outpouring, run.
7. The sudden giving off of energy.
1. To eliminate, as of bodily substances; SYN. expel, eject, release.
2. To pour forth or release; esp. of liquids.
3. To release from military service; SYN. muster out.
4. To remove the charge from.
5. To fire a weapon.