Definition for RE-LAX'

RE-LAX', v.t. [L. relaxo; re and laxo, to slacken; Fr. relâcher, relascher; It. rilassare; Sp. relaxar. See Lax.]

  1. To slacken; to make less tense or rigid; as, to relax a rope or cord; to relax the muscles or sinews; to relax the reins in riding.
  2. To loosen; to make less close or firm; as, to relax the joints. – Milton.
  3. To make less severe or rigorous; to remit or abate in strictness; as, to relax a law or rule of justice; to relax a demand. – Swift.
  4. To remit or abate in attention, assiduity or labor; as, to relax study; to relax exertions or efforts.
  5. To unbend; to ease; to relieve from close attention; as, conversation relaxes the student or the mind.
  6. To relieve from constipation; to loosen; to open; as, medicines relax the bowels.
  7. To open, to loose. – Milton.
  8. To make languid.

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