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v. de·com·pressed, de·com·press·ing, de·com·press·es
1. To relieve of pressure or compression.
2. To bring (a person exposed to conditions of increased pressure) gradually back to normal atmospheric pressure.
1. To adjust to normal atmospheric conditions after being exposed to increased pressure.
2. Informal To relax: decompressed after 12 hours of driving.
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Noun1.decompressing - relieving pressure (especially bringing a compressed person gradually back to atmospheric pressure)
alleviation, easement, easing, relief - the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance); "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
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Major Esmail Hassan Mahmoud, head of the fitness section in the Transport and Rescue Department, said the decompression chamber was established two years ago and has helped treat amateur divers who fall after ill after not decompressing properly from deep ocean diving.
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Also, if the bladder is distended with fluid when looking for defects, it pays to wait a few minutes before decompressing, as small leaks may gradually deflate the bladder and alert the surgeon to the need for further investigation.
It also supports compressing voice files (Raw PCM and *.WAV formats) and decompressing the compressed files and *.BIN (binary audio files) files.
The retired basketball player, who entered a New Jersey-based alcohol rehabilitation facility soon after his return from North Korea, said he did not enter the facility for alcoholism but for decompressing from all the things he was going through.
Some soldiers spend two weeks "decompressing" in Cyprus to help them adjust to life away from the combat zone and all units have officers trained to detect signs of trauma.