Production vs Release - What's the difference?

production | release |

As nouns the difference between production and release

is that production is the act of producing, making or creating something while release is the event of setting (someone or something) free (eg hostages, slaves, prisoners, caged animals, hooked or stuck mechanisms).

As a verb release is

to let go (of); to cease to hold or contain or release can be to lease again; to grant a new lease of; to let back.




(en noun)
  • The act of producing, making or creating something.
  • The widget making machine is being used for production now.
  • The act of bringing something forward, out etc. for use or consideration.
  • * 1910 , , "The Lost Sanjak", Reginald in Russia :
  • I tramped to a neighbouring market-town, and, late as the hour was, the production of a few shillings procured me supper and a night's lodging in a cheap coffee-house.
  • the act of being produced
  • The widgets are coming out of production now.
  • the total amount produced
  • They hope to increase spaghetti production next year.
  • the presentation of a theatrical work
  • We went to a production of Hamlet.
  • an occasion or activity made more complicated than necessary
  • He made a simple meal into a huge production .
  • that which is manufactured or is ready for manufacturing in volume (as opposed to a prototype or conceptual model)
  • This is the final production model.
  • The act of lengthening out or prolonging.
  • Derived terms

    * production line



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) relaisser (variant of relascher).


    (en noun)
  • The event of setting (someone or something) free (e.g. hostages, slaves, prisoners, caged animals, hooked or stuck mechanisms).
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= Charles T. Ambrose
  • , title= Alzheimer’s Disease , volume=101, issue=3, page=200, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Similar studies of rats have employed four different intracranial resorbable, slow sustained release systems—surgical foam, a thermal gel depot, a microcapsule or biodegradable polymer beads.}}
  • (software) The distribution of an initial or new and upgraded version of a computer software product; the distribution can be both public or private.
  • Anything recently released or made available (as for sale).
  • That which is released, untied or let go.
  • Derived terms
    * prerelease * release notes * release from requirement * software release * release process


  • To let go (of); to cease to hold or contain.
  • To make available to the public.
  • To free or liberate; to set free.
  • To discharge.
  • (telephone) (of a call) To hang up.
  • (legal) 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.
  • To loosen; to relax; to remove the obligation of.
  • to release an ordinance
  • (soccer) To set up; to provide with a goal-scoring opportunity
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 13, author=Sam Lyon, work=BBC
  • , title= Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Arsenal , passage=With the Gunners far too lightweight in midfield, Mikel Arteta dropped back into a deeper-lying role. This freed Yossi Benayoun to go further forward, a move that helped forge a rare Arsenal chance on 30 minutes when the Israeli released Van Persie, only for the Dutchman's snap-shot to be tipped around the post.}}
    * hold

    Etymology 2


  • To lease again; to grant a new lease of; to let back.