The removal or transference of an electric charge, as by the
conversion of chemical energy to electrical energy.
From M.E. deschargen, from O.Fr. deschargier "unload," from L.L. discarricare, from → dis- "do the opposite of" + carricare "to load a cart," from carrus "cart."
Fr.: décharge électrique
The flow of electricity through a gas, resulting in the emission of radiation that is characteristic of the gas and of the intensity of the current.