Definition of relaxation in English:


Line breaks: re¦lax|ation
Pronunciation: /riːlakˈseɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1The state of being free from tension and anxiety: I guided my patient into a state of hypnotic relaxation
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    • Kraft completed a study of the possible value of hypnotic relaxation in the management of anxiety in 12 terminally ill patients with cancer.
    • In most instances, the patient already has received preoperative medication in an effort to lower her anxiety level and promote relaxation.
    • Controls included remaining on a waiting list, anxiety management training, relaxation training, and non-directive psychotherapy.
    mental repose, composure; calm, tranquillity, peacefulness, calming oneself, loosening up, unwinding, winding down
  • 1.1Recreation or rest, especially after a period of work: his favourite form of relaxation was reading detective novels
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    • While you may be eager to begin this period of rest and relaxation, don't be in a rush to jump in the car after a long day of work.
    • A three-week rest and relaxation period, originally scheduled for Geraldton, will now be held in Carnarvon before the ship sets sail for the Mid West again.
    • This is a time of rest from sorrow and relaxation after a period of anxiety.
    recreation, enjoyment, amusement, entertainment, diversion, distraction, fun, pleasure, rest, refreshment, relief, respite, leisure, leisure activity/pursuit
    informal R and R
  • 1.2The loss of tension in a part of the body, especially in a muscle when it ceases to contract.
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    • Stimulation of a beta receptor causes muscle vasodilation, bronchial relaxation, and cardiac acceleration.
    • The depth and rate of breathing are controlled by special centres in the brain, which influence the nerves that cause contraction and relaxation of the muscles of respiration.
    • Music, massage, imagery, progressive muscle relaxation, biofeedback, and therapeutic touch are a few examples.
  • 3 Physics The restoration of equilibrium following disturbance.
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    • After light excitation, the protein transfers the excess energy via vibrational relaxation to the surrounding water bath.
    • The process of vibrational relaxation involves the dissipation of excess vibrational energy into the surroundings.
    • However, such a complex formula would hardly be of practical use for analysing measured pressure relaxation curves.

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