|1.||[ noun ] freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)|
|Synonyms:||rest repose ease|
"took his repose by the swimming pool"
|Related terms:||inactivity leisure bedrest lie-in quiescence decompress|
|2.||[ noun ] an occurrence of control or strength weakening|
"the relaxation of requirements": "the loosening of his grip" "the slackening of the wind"
|Related terms:||weakening thaw loosen slack slacken|
|3.||[ noun ] a state of refreshing tranquility|
|Related terms:||tranquillity languor loosen_up|
|4.||[ noun ] the exponential return of a system to equilibrium after a disturbance|
|Related terms:||exponential_decay physics|
|5.||[ noun ] (mathematics) 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|
|6.||[ noun ] (physiology) the gradual lengthening of inactive muscle or muscle fibers|
|Related terms:||increase physiology|
|7.||[ noun ] the act of making less strict|
|Related terms:||easing liberalize loosen liberalise|