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Noun: relaxation  ,ree,lak'sey-shun
  1. (physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers
  2. (physics) the exponential return of a system to equilibrium after a disturbance
    - relaxation behavior
  3. A feeling of refreshing tranquility and an absence of tension or worry
    "the relaxation we feel when sleeping";
    - easiness
  4. An occurrence of control or strength weakening
    "the relaxation of requirements";
    - loosening, slackening
  5. Freedom from activity (work, strain or responsibility)
    "took his relaxation by the swimming pool";
    - rest, ease, repose
  6. 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
    - relaxation method
  7. The act of making less strict
    - liberalization, liberalisation [Brit]

Derived forms: relaxations

Type of: alleviation, easement, easing, exponential decay, exponential return, growth, inactivity, increase, increment, mathematical operation, mathematical process, operation, quietness, quietude, relief, tranquility, tranquillity, weakening

Encyclopedia: Relaxation