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English Dictionary: Ease by the DICT Development Group
4 results for Ease
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
ease
n
  1. freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort; "he rose through the ranks with apparent ease"; "they put it into containers for ease of transportation"; "the very easiness of the deed held her back"
    Synonym(s): ease, easiness, simplicity, simpleness
    Antonym(s): difficultness, difficulty
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): ease, comfort
  3. 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"
    Synonym(s): relief, ease
  4. freedom from constraint or embarrassment; "I am never at ease with strangers"
    Synonym(s): ease, informality
  5. freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility); "took his repose by the swimming pool"
    Synonym(s): rest, ease, repose, relaxation
v
  1. move gently or carefully; "He eased himself into the chair"
  2. lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; "ease the pain in your legs"
    Synonym(s): comfort, ease
  3. make easier; "you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge"
    Synonym(s): facilitate, ease, alleviate
  4. lessen the intensity of or calm; "The news eased my conscience"; "still the fears"
    Synonym(s): still, allay, relieve, ease
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ease \Ease\, n. [OE. ese, eise, F. aise; akin to Pr. ais, aise,
      OIt. asio, It. agio; of uncertain origin; cf. L. ansa handle,
      occasion, opportunity. Cf. {Agio}, {Disease}.]
      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. [bd]His soul
            shall dwell at ease.[b8] --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; tranquility;
               facility; easiness; readiness.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Ease \Ease\, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Eased}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Easing}.] [OE. esen, eisen, OF. aisier. See {Ease}, n.]
      1. To free from anything that pains, disquiets, or oppresses;
            to relieve from toil or care; to give rest, repose, or
            tranquility to; -- often with of; as, to ease of pain;
            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.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   Ease
  
      General purpose parallel programming language, combining the
      process constructs of CSP and the distributed data structures
      of Linda.   "Programming with Ease: Semiotic Definition of the
      Language", S.E. Zenith, Yale U
      TR-809, Jul 1990.
  
  
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