depressurize

verb

de·​pres·​sur·​ize (ˌ)dē-ˈpre-shə-ˌrīz How to pronounce depressurize (audio)
depressurized; depressurizing; depressurizes

transitive verb

: to release pressure from
depressurization noun

Examples of depressurize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plane’s cabin suddenly depressurized as the door plug blew out, leaving a gaping hole in the side of the plane as the aircraft was 16,000 feet in the air. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 The cabin became depressurized shortly after takeoff, and the pilots asked for an emergency landing, according to the transcript of an air traffic control call from LiveATC.net. Leah Sarnoff, ABC News, 23 Jan. 2024 Soon, a refrigerator-sized piece of the plane, which was later found in a Portland schoolteacher’s yard, ripped off the left side of aircraft near row 26, leaving a gaping hole—and causing the cabin to quickly depressurize. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 16 Jan. 2024 After the incident, the pilot told air traffic control that the flight had depressurized. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 9 Jan. 2024 The cabin became depressurized shortly after take-off and the pilots asked for an emergency landing, according to the transcript of an air traffic control call from LiveATC.net. Amanda Maile, ABC News, 5 Jan. 2024 The rush of air as the cabin depressurized pulled mobile phones out of hands—an iPhone was found intact on the ground below—and a teenager sitting close to the door was left shirtless. Nicole Kobie, WIRED, 12 Jan. 2024 The door plug for the fuselage of a Boeing 737 Max 9 fell off a few minutes after Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 took off from Portland International Airport on Friday, depressurizing the cabin and exposing passengers to open air thousands of feet above ground. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 11 Jan. 2024 The incident occurred shortly after takeoff and the gaping hole caused the cabin to depressurize. Audrey McAvoy, Fortune, 6 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of depressurize was in 1944

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“Depressurize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depressurize. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

depressurize

verb
de·​pres·​sur·​ize (ˈ)dē-ˈpresh-ə-ˌrīz How to pronounce depressurize (audio)
: to release (as an aircraft with near-normal atmospheric pressure) from pressure
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