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

Definition of depressurize

transitive verb

: to release pressure from

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depressurization \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌpre-​shə-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce depressurization (audio) \ noun

Examples of depressurize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Upon their return to Earth, a ventilation valve was jolted open, causing the capsule to depressurize. Fox News, "Challenger explosion among the deadliest space disasters," 29 Jan. 2020 That broke one of the windows, and the cabin rapidly depressurized. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Boeing may need to redesign 7,000 jets after a fatal accident last year," 19 Nov. 2019 In the New England Aquarium test on real jellyfish, the animals, which are 95 percent water, were unable to break free until the gripper was depressurized. Martin Finucane,, "Harvard researchers say they’ve developed a gripping tool that will keep delicate jellyfish from going splat," 4 Sep. 2019 The vent line required two cuts to fully depressurize the AMS' thermal control system, in the process permanently disabling the instrument as planned until the new pump module and carbon dioxide reservoir can be attached. William Harwood, CBS News, "Spacewalkers press ahead with space station cosmic ray detector repair," 22 Nov. 2019 Individual buildings were not destroyed, as shown by images of more than a dozen spheroidal structures in which crude is depressurized and explosive gases are recovered. Scott L. Montgomery, The Conversation, "Attacks on Saudi oil – why didn’t prices go crazy?," 23 Sep. 2019 But during the test, the rear part of the fuselage depressurized. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Yet another Boeing plane has a problem," 10 Sep. 2019 Southwest said in a statement that the flight crew reduced altitude but that the cabin did not depressurize. Sam Wood,, "Southwest flight from Las Vegas to PHL diverted after warning," 20 May 2018 What’s the safest seat to be sitting in if a plane rapidly depressurizes? Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How it’s possible for a person to be sucked from an airplane mid-flight," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of depressurize

1944, in the meaning defined above

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“Depressurize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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