from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of dismissing.
  • noun The condition of being dismissed.
  • noun An order or notice of discharge.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of dismissing, or the state or fact of being dismissed.
  • noun Discharge; displacement from employment or office.
  • noun The act of discarding, or the state of being discarded.
  • noun Liberation; manumission.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Dismission; discharge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of sending someone away.
  • noun Deprivation of office; the fact or process of being fired from employment or stripped of rank.
  • noun A written or spoken statement of such an act.
  • noun Release from confinement; liberation.
  • noun Removal from consideration; putting something out of one's mind, mentally disregarding something or someone.
  • noun law The rejection of a legal proceeding, or a claim or charge made therein.
  • noun cricket The event of a batsman getting out; a wicket.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
  • noun permission to go; the sending away of someone
  • noun official notice that you have been fired from your job
  • noun a judgment disposing of the matter without a trial


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From dismiss +‎ -al. A nineteenth-century coinage (modelled on committal etc.), replacing the regular form dismission.


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  • Cricket jargon - the act of dismissing a batsman; the fall of a wicket.

    November 30, 2007