Definition of relaxation in English:

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Pronunciation: /rēˌlakˈseiSH(ə)n/


1The state of being free from tension and anxiety.
Example sentences
  • 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, repose, calm, tranquility, peacefulness, loosening up, unwinding
1.1Recreation or rest, especially after a period of work: his favorite form of relaxation was reading detective novels
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.2The loss of tension in a part of the body, especially in a muscle when it ceases to contract.
Example sentences
  • 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.
loosening, slackening
1.3The action of making a rule or restriction less strict: relaxation of censorship rules
More example sentences
  • He repeatedly stressed he was not linking aid to any relaxation of the rules on soccer and insisted no pre-conditions would be fixed to a GAA grant application.
  • The relaxation of rules and the news that crude oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve will be made available helped calm the energy markets.
  • I recall that in the 1950s some enterprising spirits asked the Permanent Secretary if some relaxation of this rule could be allowed.
moderation, easing, loosening, lightening;
informal letting up
2 Physics The restoration of equilibrium following disturbance.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: re·lax·a·tion

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