2 decrease the pressure of; "depressurize the cabin in the air plane" [syn: depressurize, depressurise] [ant: pressurize, pressurize]
3 become less tense, rest, or take one's ease; "He relaxed in the hot tub"; "Let's all relax after a hard day's work" [syn: relax, loosen up, unbend, unwind, slow down] [ant: tense]
- To relieve the pressure or compression on something.
- To bring someone (such as a diver) back to normal atmospheric pressure after being exposed to high pressure.
- In the context of "transitive|computing": To restore compressed data to its normal size.
- To adjust to normal atmospheric pressure after being exposed to high pressure.
- In the context of "intransitive|informal": To relax.
To bring someone (such as a diver) back to normal atmospheric pressure
To restore compressed data to its normal size
- Finnish: purkaa
To adjust to normal atmospheric pressure after being exposed to high pressure
Decompression has several meanings:
- in physics: the release of pressure and is the opposition of physical compression
- in medicine and aviation: decompression sickness
- in non-surgical back pain treatment: herniated disc decompression (a form of treatment for the back, employed by chiropractors)
- in surgery: a procedure used to treat spinal stenosis, carotid artery stenosis or any condition where a structure is being compressed
- in scuba diving:
- in festivals: a winding down decompression party
- in accidents involving pressured vessels: explosive decompression
- in computer science: the action of reversing data compression.
- in comic book storytelling: decompression (comics) is the stylistic choice to tell a story mainly by visuals, with few words
- in psychology, to relax or take time off work (take vacation) http://www.merriamwebster.com/dictionary/decompression
- The episode Decompression (The Outer Limits) of the American television fiction series "The Outer Limits"
decompress in French: Décompression
decompress in Italian: Decompressione
decompress in Polish: Dekompresja