from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To relieve of pressure or compression.
- transitive v. To bring (a person exposed to conditions of increased pressure) gradually back to normal atmospheric pressure.
- intransitive v. To adjust to normal atmospheric conditions after being exposed to increased pressure.
- intransitive v. Informal To relax: decompressed after 12 hours of driving.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To relieve the pressure or compression on something.
- v. To bring someone (such as a diver) back to normal atmospheric pressure after being exposed to high pressure.
- v. To restore compressed data to its normal size.
- v. To adjust to normal atmospheric pressure after being exposed to high pressure.
- v. To relax.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. to undergo the process of decompression.
- transitive v. to subject to the process of decompression.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. restore to its uncompressed form
- v. decrease the pressure of
- v. become less tense, rest, or take one's ease
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