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1 (physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers
2 (physics) the exponential return of a system to equilibrium after a disturbance [syn: relaxation behavior]
3 a state of refreshing tranquility [syn: easiness]
4 an occurrence of control or strength weakening; "the relaxation of requirements"; "the loosening of his grip"; "the slackening of the wind" [syn: loosening, slackening]
5 freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility); "took his repose by the swimming pool" [syn: rest, ease, repose]
6 a method of solving simultaneous equations by guessing a solution and then reducing the errors that result by successive approximations until all the errors are less than some specified amount [syn: relaxation method]
7 the act of making less strict [syn: liberalization, liberalisation]

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  1. The act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed; the opposite of stress or tension; the aim of recreation and leisure activities.
  2. A diminution of tone, tension, or firmness; specifically in pathology: a looseness; a diminution of the natural and healthy tone of parts.
    relaxation of the soft palate
  3. Remission or abatement of rigor.
  4. Remission of attention or application.
    relaxation of efforts
  5. Unbending; recreation; a state or occupation intended to give mental or bodily relief after effort.
  6. The transition of an atom or molecule from a higher energy level to a lower one.
  7. The release following musical tension.


act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed
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Relaxation may refer to:
relaxation in German: Relaxation
relaxation in French: Relaxation
relaxation in Japanese: リラクゼーション
relaxation in Polish: Relaksacja
relaxation in Russian: Релаксация
relaxation in Ukrainian: Релаксація

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