, the term release time
has the following meanings:
1. The time interval between (a) the instant that an enabling signal (as in a VOGAD or echo suppressor) is discontinued, and (b) the instant at which suppression ceases.
2. The time interval between (a) the instant a relay coil is de-energized, and (b) the instant that contact closure ceases (or, depending on the nature of the relay, is established).
Source: From Federal Standard 1037C and from MIL-STD-188