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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As the other panelists begin introducing themselves, I snag a lucky minute to decompress from the call, the drive, the makeup session in the car, and get the game on.
Also, it is a great time to decompress from the last 18 months.
I also really enjoyed the Cinque Terra, if you can squeeze in a few days at the end, it's a nice way to decompress from the travel.
And the number one reason it's such a nice place to decompress is that we've got critters.
It’s going to take me a while to decompress from the awesome that was our recent road-trip adventure.
By the time a parent picks them up from school, or greets them when they arrive home, the child may well need some time to "decompress", if not withdraw to recuperate for their coming day.
If he cannot take the heat as a governor without having to take a week off to "decompress", he is certainly NOT up to the task of being President. carlo
Oh, she just needed time to "decompress", etc., etc.
But [...] the job with the Orange County Sheriff's Office fell through after officials there told Mr. Spurlock that he needed to "decompress" after two combat tours.
He and I went to Ponderosa to 'decompress' and eat food already cooked and waiting for us.