relaxation

noun re·lax·a·tion \ ˌrē-ˌlak-ˈsā-shən , ri-ˌlak- , especially British ˌre-lək- \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of relaxation

1 : the act of relaxing or state of being relaxed
2 : a relaxing or recreative state, activity, or pastime : diversion
3 : the lengthening that characterizes inactive muscle fibers or muscles

Examples of relaxation in a Sentence

  1. I like to play the guitar for relaxation.

  2. What I need is some rest and relaxation.

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First Known Use of relaxation

1548


RELAXATION Defined for English Language Learners

relaxation

noun

Definition of relaxation for English Language Learners

  • : a way to rest and enjoy yourself

  • : time that you spend resting and enjoying yourself

  • : something that you do to stop feeling nervous, worried, etc.


RELAXATION Defined for Kids

relaxation

noun re·lax·a·tion \ ˌrē-ˌlak-ˈsā-shən \

Definition of relaxation for Students

1 : the act or fact of being or becoming rested, calm, or less tense or severe relaxation of rules a vacation of fun and relaxation
2 : a way of becoming rested or calm and free from stress
  • I listen to music for relaxation.

Medical Dictionary

relaxation

noun re·lax·a·tion \ ˌrē-ˌlak-ˈsā-shən, ri-ˌlak-, esp British ˌrel-ək- \

medical Definition of relaxation

1 : the act of relaxing or state of being relaxed
  • maximal abdominal relaxation was not evident until at least five minutes after the injection
  • Lancet
2 : the reduction of contractile force in a muscle or muscle fiber; especially : the lengthening that typically characterizes inactive muscles or muscle fibers


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