|v. t.||1.||To lease again; to grant a new lease of; to let back.|
|1.||To let loose again; to set free from restraint, confinement, or servitude; to give liberty to, or to set at liberty; to let go.|
|2.||To relieve from something that confines, burdens, or oppresses, as from pain, trouble, obligation, penalty.|
|3.||(Law) To let go, as a legal claim; to discharge or relinquish a right to, as lands or tenements, by conveying to another who has some right or estate in possession, as when the person in remainder releases his right to the tenant in possession; to quit.|
|4.||To loosen; to relax; to remove the obligation of; |
|n.||1.||The act of letting loose or freeing, or the state of being let loose or freed; liberation or discharge from restraint of any kind, as from confinement or bondage.|
|2.||Relief from care, pain, or any burden.|
|3.||Discharge from obligation or responsibility, as from debt, penalty, or claim of any kind; acquittance.|
|4.||(Law) A giving up or relinquishment of some right or claim; a conveyance of a man's right in lands or tenements to another who has some estate in possession; a quitclaim.|
|5.||(Steam Engine) The act of opening the exhaust port to allow the steam to escape.|
|6.||(Mach.) A device adapted to hold or release a device or mechanism as required;|
|7.||(Phon.) The act or manner of ending a sound.|
|8.||(Railroads) In the block-signaling system, a printed card conveying information and instructions to be used at intermediate sidings without telegraphic stations.|
|Noun||1.||release - merchandise issued for sale or public showing (especially a record or film); "a new release from the London Symphony Orchestra"|
|2.||release - the act of liberating someone or something|
|3.||release - a process that liberates or discharges something; "there was a sudden release of oxygen"; "the release of iodine from the thyroid gland"|
|4.||release - an announcement distributed to members of the press in order to supplement or replace an oral presentation|
|5.||release - the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)|
|6.||release - euphemistic expressions for death; "thousands mourned his passing"|
|7.||release - a legal document evidencing the discharge of a debt or obligation|
|8.||release - activity that releases or expresses creative energy or emotion; "she had no other outlet for her feelings"; "he gave vent to his anger"|
|9.||release - the act of allowing a fluid to escape|
|10.||release - a formal written statement of relinquishment|
|11.||release - (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone|
Synonyms: tone ending
|Verb||1.||release - release, as from one's grip; "Let go of the door handle, please!"; "relinquish your grip on the rope--you won't fall"|
|2.||release - grant freedom to; free from confinement|
|3.||release - let (something) fall or spill a container; "turn the flour onto a plate"|
|4.||release - eliminate (substances) from the body|
|5.||release - prepare and issue for public distribution or sale; "publish a magazine or newspaper"|
|6.||release - generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids; "secrete digestive juices"; "release a hormone into the blood stream"|
|7.||release - make (information) available publication; "release the list with the names of the prisoners"|
|8.||release - part with a possession or right; "I am relinquishing my bedroom to the long-term house guest"; "resign a claim to the throne"|
|9.||release - make (assets) available; "release the holdings in the dictator's bank account"|
RELEASE. Releases are of two kinds. 1. Such as give up, discharge, or abandon a right of action. 2. Such as convey a man's interest or right to another, who has possession of it, or some estate in the same. Touch. 320; Litt. sec. 444; Nels. Ab. h.t.; Bac. Ab. h.t.; Vin. Ab. h.t.; Rolle's Ab. h.t.; Com. Dig. h.t.
RELEASE, contracts. A release is the giving or discharging of a right of
action which a man has or may claim against another, or that which is his.
Touch. 320 Bac. Ab. h.t.; Co. Litt. 264 a.
2. This kind of a release is different from that which is used for the purpose of convoying real estate. Here a mere right is surrendered; in the other case not only a right is given up, but an interest in the estate is conveyed, and becomes vested in the release.
3. Releases may be considered, as to their form, their different kinds, and their effect. Sec. 1. The operative words of a release are remise, release, quitclaim, discharge and acquit; but other words will answer the purpose. Sid. 265; Cro. Jac. 696; 9 Co. 52; Show. 331.
4.-Sec. 2. Releases are either express, or releases in deed; or those arising by operation of law. An express release is one which is distinctly made in the deed; a release by operation of law, is one which, though not expressly made, the law presumes in consequence of some act of, the releasor; for instance, when, one of several joint obligors is expressly released, the others are also released by operation of law. 3 Salk. 298. Hob. 10; Id. 66; Noy, 62; 4 Mod. 380; 7 Johns. Rep. 207.
5. A release may also be implied; as, if a creditor voluntarily deliver to his debtor the bond, note, or other evidence of his claim. And when the debtor is in possession of such security, it will be presumed that it has been delivered to him. Poth. Obl. n. 608, 609.
6.-Sec. 3. As to their effect, releases 1st, acquit the releasee: and 2dly, enable him to be examined as a witness.
7.-1st. Littleton says a release of all demands is the best and strongest release. Sect. 508. Lord Coke, on the contrary, says claims is a stronger word. Co. Litt. 291 b.
8. In general the words of a release will he restrained by the particular occasion of giving it. 3 Lev. 273; 1 Show. 151: 2 Mod. 108, n.; 2 Show. 47; T. Raym. 399 3 Mod. 277; Palm. 218; 1 Lev. 235.
9. The reader is referred to the following cases where a construction has been given to the expressions mentioned. A release of "all actions, suits and demands," 3 Mod. 277: "all actions, debts, duties, and demands," Ibid. 1 and 64; 3 Mod. 185; 8 Co. 150 b; 2 Saund. 6 a; all demands," 5 Co. 70, b; 2 Mod. 281; 3 Mod 278; 1 Lev. 99; Salk. 578; 2 Rolle's Rep. 12 Mod. 465; 2 Conn. Rep. 120; "all actions, quarrels, trespasses" Dy. 2171 pl. 2; Cro. Jac. 487; "all errors, and all actions, suits, and writs of error whatsoever," T. Ray. 3 99 all suits," 8 Co. 150 of covenants," 5 Co. 70 b.
10.-2d. A release by a witness where he has an interest in the matter which is the subject of the suit or release by the party on whose side he is interested, renders him competent. 1 Phil. Ev. 102, and the cases cited in n. a. Vide 2 Chitt. It. 329; 1 D. & R. 361; Harr. Dig. h.t.; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.
RELEASE, estates. The "conveyance of a man's interest or right, which he
hath unto a thing, to another that hath the possession thereof, or some
estate therein." Touch. 320.
2. The words generally used in such conveyance, are, "remised, released, and forever quit claimed." Litt. sec, 445.
3. Releases of land are, in respect of their operation, divided into four sorts. 1. Releases that enure by way of passing the estate, or mitter l'estate. (q.v.) 2. Releases that enure by way of passing the right, or mitter le droit. 3. Releases that enure by enlargement of the estate; and
4. Releases that enure by way of extinguishment. Vide 4 Cruise, 71; Co. Lit. 264; 3 Marsh. Decis. 185; Gilb. Ten. 82; 2 Sumn. R. 487; 10 Pick. R. 195; 10 John. R. 456; 7 Mass. R. 381; 8 Pick. R. 143; 5 Har. & John. 158; N. H. Rep. 402; Paige's R. 299.
|(programming)||release - (Or "released version", "baseline") A version of
a piece of software which has been made public (as opposed to
a version that is in development, or otherwise unreleased).|
A release is either a major release, a revision, or a bugfix.
Pre-release versions may be called alpha test, or beta test versions.
See change management.