Relax

Definition of Relax

Re`lax´   Pronunciation: r?-l?ks´
v. t.1.To make lax or loose; to make less close, firm, rigid, tense, or the like; to slacken; to loosen; to open; as, to relax a rope or cord; to relax the muscles or sinews.
[imp. & p. p. Relaxed (-l?kst"); p. pr. & vb. n. Relaxing.]
Horror . . . all his joints relaxed.
- Milton.
Nor served it to relax their serried files.
- Milton.
2.To make less severe or rigorous; to abate the stringency of; to remit in respect to strenuousness, earnestness, or effort; as, to relax discipline; to relax one's attention or endeavors.
3.Hence, to relieve from attention or effort; to ease; to recreate; to divert; as, amusement relaxes the mind.
4.To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open; as, an aperient relaxes the bowels.
v. i.1.To become lax, weak, or loose; as, to let one's grasp relax.
His knees relax with toil.
- Pope.
2.To abate in severity; to become less rigorous.
3.To remit attention or effort; to become less diligent; to unbend; as, to relax in study.
n.1.Relaxation.
a.1.Relaxed; lax; hence, remiss; careless.

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