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 for Charge and discharge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Discharge \Dis*charge"\, n. [Cf. F. d['e]charge. See
     Discharge, v. t.]
     1. The act of discharging; the act of relieving of a charge
        or load; removal of a load or burden; unloading; as, the
        discharge of a ship; discharge of a cargo.
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     2. Firing off; explosive removal of a charge; explosion;
        letting off; as, a discharge of arrows, of artillery.
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     3. Act of relieving of something which oppresses or weighs
        upon one, as an obligation, liability, debt, accusation,
        etc.; acquittance; as, the discharge of a debtor.
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     4. Act of removing, or getting rid of, an obligation,
        liability, etc.; fulfillment, as by the payment of a debt,
        or the performance of a trust or duty.
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              Indefatigable in the discharge of business.
                                                    --Motley.
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              Nothing can absolve us from the discharge of those
              duties.                               --L'Estrange.
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     5. Release or dismissal from an office, employment, etc.;
        dismission; as, the discharge of a workman by his
        employer.
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     6. Legal release from confinement; liberation; as, the
        discharge of a prisoner.
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     7. The state of being discharged or relieved of a debt,
        obligation, office, and the like; acquittal.
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              Too secure of our discharge
              From penalty.                         --Milton.
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     8. That which discharges or releases from an obligation,
        liability, penalty, etc., as a price of ransom, a legal
        document.
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              Death, who sets all free,
              Hath paid his ransom now and full discharge.
                                                    --Milton.
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     9. A flowing or issuing out; emission; vent; evacuation;
        also, that which is discharged or emitted; as, a rapid
        discharge of water from the pipe.
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              The hemorrhage being stopped, the next occurrence is
              a thin serous discharge.              --S. Sharp.
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     10. (Elec.) The equalization of a difference of electric
         potential between two points. The character of the
         discharge is mostly determined by the nature of the
         medium through which it takes place, the amount of the
         difference of potential, and the form of the terminal
         conductors on which the difference exists. The discharge
         may be alternating, continuous, brush, connective,
         disruptive, glow, oscillatory, stratified, etc.
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     Charge and discharge. (Equity Practice) See under Charge,
        n.
  
     Paralytic discharge (Physiol.), the increased secretion
        from a gland resulting from the cutting of all of its
        nerves.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Charge \Charge\, n. [F. charge, fr. charger to load. See
     Charge, v. t., and cf. Cargo, Caricature.]
     1. A load or burder laid upon a person or thing.
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     2. A person or thing commited or intrusted to the care,
        custody, or management of another; a trust.
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     Note: The people of a parish or church are called the charge
           of the clergyman who is set over them.
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     3. Custody or care of any person, thing, or place; office;
        responsibility; oversight; obigation; duty.
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              'Tis a great charge to come under one body's hand.
                                                    --Shak.
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     4. Heed; care; anxiety; trouble. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     5. Harm. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     6. An order; a mandate or command; an injunction.
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              The king gave cherge concerning Absalom. --2. Sam.
                                                    xviii. 5.
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     7. An address (esp. an earnest or impressive address)
        containing instruction or exhortation; as, the charge of a
        judge to a jury; the charge of a bishop to his clergy.
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     8. An accusation of a wrong of offense; allegation;
        indictment; specification of something alleged.
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              The charge of confounding very different classes of
              phenomena.                            --Whewell.
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     9. Whatever constitutes a burden on property, as rents,
        taxes, lines, etc.; costs; expense incurred; -- usually in
        the plural.
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     10. The price demanded for a thing or service.
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     11. An entry or a account of that which is due from one party
         to another; that which is debited in a business
         transaction; as, a charge in an account book.
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     12. That quantity, as of ammunition, electricity, ore, fuel,
         etc., which any apparatus, as a gun, battery, furnace,
         machine, etc., is intended to receive and fitted to hold,
         or which is actually in it at one time
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     13. The act of rushing upon, or towards, an enemy; a sudden
         onset or attack, as of troops, esp. cavalry; hence, the
         signal for attack; as, to sound the charge.
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               Never, in any other war afore, gave the Romans a
               hotter charge upon the enemies.      --Holland.
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               The charge of the light brigade.     --Tennyson.
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     14. A position (of a weapon) fitted for attack; as, to bring
         a weapon to the charge.
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     15. (Far.) A sort of plaster or ointment.
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     16. (Her.) A bearing. See Bearing, n., 8.
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     17. [Cf. Charre.] Thirty-six pigs of lead, each pig
         weighing about seventy pounds; -- called also charre.
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     18. Weight; import; value.
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               Many suchlike "as's" of great charge. --Shak.
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     Back charge. See under Back, a.
  
     Bursting charge.
         (a) (Mil.) The charge which bursts a shell, etc.
         (b) (Mining) A small quantity of fine powder to secure
             the ignition of a charge of coarse powder in
             blasting.
  
     Charge and discharge (Equity Practice), the old mode or
        form of taking an account before a master in chancery.
  
     Charge sheet, the paper on which are entered at a police
        station all arrests and accusations.
  
     To sound the charge, to give the signal for an attack.
  
     Syn: Care; custody; trust; management; office; expense; cost;
          price; assault; attack; onset; injunction; command;
          order; mandate; instruction; accusation; indictment.
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