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ease
WordNet 2.0
  • freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)
  • "took his repose by the swimming pool"
  • freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort
  • "he rose through the ranks with apparent ease"
  • "they put it into containers for ease of transportation"
  • freedom from constraint or embarrassment
  • "I am never at ease with strangers"
  • the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)
  • "he enjoyed his relief from responsibility"
  • "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"
  • a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state
  • "a life of luxury and ease"
  • "he had all the material comforts of this world"
  • lessen pain or discomfort
  • alleviate
  • "ease the pain in your legs"
  • make easier
  • "you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge"
  • lessen the intensity of or calm
  • "The news eased my conscience"
  • "still the fears"
  • move gently or carefully
  • "He eased himself into the chair"
ease
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 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.

    At ease
    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.

    With ease
    easily; without much effort.

    Syn. -- Rest; quiet; repose; comfortableness; tranquillity; facility; easiness; readiness.

  • 1. To free from anything that pains, disquiets, or oppresses; to relieve from toil or care; to give rest, repose, or tranquillity to; -- often with of; as, to ease of pain; to ease the body or mind.

    "Eased [from] the putting off These troublesome disguises which we wear." -- Milton.

    "Sing, and I 'll ease thy shoulders of thy load." -- Dryden.

    2. To render less painful or oppressive; to mitigate; to alleviate.

    "My couch shall ease my complaint." -- Job vii. 13.

    3. To release from pressure or restraint; to move gently; to lift slightly; to shift a little; as, to ease a bar or nut in machinery.

    4. To entertain; to furnish with accommodations. [Obs.] Chaucer.

    To ease off
    To ease away
    (Naut.), to slacken a rope gradually.

    To ease a ship
    (Naut.), to put the helm hard, or regulate the sail, to prevent pitching when closehauled.

    To ease the helm
    (Naut.), to put the helm more nearly amidships, to lessen the effect on the ship, or the strain on the wheel rope. Ham. Nav. Encyc.

    Syn. -- To relieve; disburden; quiet; calm; tranquilize; assuage; alleviate; allay; mitigate; appease; pacify.

 

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