American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of decompressing.
- n. A surgical procedure used to relieve pressure on an organ or part, such as the abdomen, cranium, or spinal cord.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Relief from pressure; specifically, relief from excessive atmospheric or hydrostatic pressure.
- n. The process of decompressing.
- n. The restoration to atmospheric pressure of a person who has spent time under higher pressure (such as a diver)
- n. medicine The relief of pressure on a body part by surgery
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. the process of experiencing decompression; the act or process of relieving or reducing pressure.
- n. the reduction of atmospheric pressure experienced by divers rising from deep water to the surface, thus reducing the concentration of dissolved atmospheric gases in the blood; -- especially applied to a gradual reduction of such pressure.
- n. the process, analogous to sense 2, undergone by divers in a decompression chamber, in which an artificially high atmospheric pressure is gradually lowered to normal pressure.
- n. a return to a normal, more relaxed state after a period of intense stress, psychological pressure, or urgent activity; -- of people.
- n. (Computers) the process of converting digitally encoded data from a more compact (compressed) form to its original, larger size.
- n. restoring compressed information to its normal form for use or display
- n. relieving pressure (especially bringing a compressed person gradually back to atmospheric pressure)
“I'd prefer to stay away from the word 'decompression' in some places because one possible defense is that this word in the statute is ambiguous as applied to what happened to the sheep," wrote Tony Lucchesi, one of the university's attorneys in an Aug. 5 email to a U.S. Navy official.”
“We are not amazed to see a 1 meg file "become" a 100 meg file when decompression is applied.”
“In regard to raw data, decompression is not lossy.”
“With passengers and crew unconscious from cabin decompression, the plane lost radio contact but remained in transponder contact until it crashed.”
“They will also be addressing psychological injuries -- I mean they will also be addressing psychological issues, going through a period of time called decompression where they'll ask her to talk about her experiences -- Heidi.”
“The procedure, called a decompression, would involve removing a small section of bone at the back of White's skull as well as a portion of the top vertebrae, and opening the dura, the outermost membrane that covers the brain, to relieve pressure.”
“The traditional surgical treatment is called decompression during which the bone, bone spurs and ligaments that are pushing on the nerves are removed.”
“The researchers were conducting experiments on an illness known as decompression sickness, or “the bends,” which can occur during deep-sea diving.”
“The experiments at the university's Diving Physiology laboratory concerned an illness known as decompression sickness, or "the bends.”
“He understood our innate need for rest and decompression, which is why He offered to provide His followers with a place of spiritual refuge when He said, Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
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