1. Satisfaction; pleasure; hence, accommodation; entertainment. [Obs.]
"They him besought Of harbor and or ease as for hire penny." -- Chaucer.
2. Freedom from anything that pains or troubles; as: (a) Relief from labor or effort; rest; quiet; relaxation; as, ease of body.
"Usefulness comes by labor, wit by ease." -- Herbert.
"Give yourself ease from the fatigue of watching." -- Swift.
(b) Freedom from care, solicitude, or anything that annoys or disquiets; tranquillity; peace; comfort; security; as, ease of mind.
"Among these nations shalt thou find no ease." -- Deut. xxviii. 65.
"Take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry." -- Luke xii. 19.
(c) Freedom from constraint, formality, difficulty, embarrassment, etc.; facility; liberty; naturalness; -- said of manner, style, etc.; as, ease of style, of behavior, of address.
"True ease in writing comes from art, not chance." -- Pope.
"Whate'er he did was done with so much ease, In him alone 't was natural to please." -- Dryden.
free from pain, trouble, or anxiety. "His soul shall dwell at ease." Ps. xxv. 12.
Chapel of ease
See under Chapel.
Ill at ease
not at ease, disquieted; suffering; anxious.
To stand at ease
(Mil.), to stand in a comfortable attitude in one's place in the ranks.
easily; without much effort.
Syn. -- Rest; quiet; repose; comfortableness; tranquillity; facility; easiness; readiness.