What does the word relaxation mean?

Usage examples for relaxation

  1. When the decision came, on the 17th of July, there seemed to be some relaxation of the great tension in the public mind. – Personal Reminiscences of Early Days in California with Other Sketches; To Which Is Added the Story of His Attempted Assassination by a Former Associate on the Supreme Bench of the State by Stephen Field; George C. Gorham
  2. It does not betoken drunkenness so much as uncouth manners- the manners of neglected men who spend their lives at severe physical labour, and want a little relaxation in the evening. – Change in the Village by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
  3. For the first time I found myself unable to work, unable to share our household life with Phillida and Vere, or to find relaxation in driving about the countryside. – The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram