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English Dictionary: comfort by the DICT Development Group
4 results for comfort
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain; "he is a man who enjoys his comfort"; "she longed for the comfortableness of her armchair"
    Synonym(s): comfort, comfortableness
    Antonym(s): discomfort, uncomfortableness
  2. a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment
  3. the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction; "his presence was a consolation to her"
    Synonym(s): consolation, comfort, solace
  4. 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
  5. satisfaction or physical well-being provided by a person or thing; "his friendship was a comfort"; "a padded chair was one of the room's few comforts"
  6. bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
    Synonym(s): quilt, comforter, comfort, puff
  7. assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal; "it gave comfort to the enemy"
  1. give moral or emotional strength to [syn: comfort, soothe, console, solace]
  2. lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; "ease the pain in your legs"
    Synonym(s): comfort, ease
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Comfort \Com"fort\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Comforted}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Comforting.}] [F. conforter, fr. L. confortare to
      strengthen much; con- + fortis strong. See {Fort}.]
      1. To make strong; to invigorate; to fortify; to corroborate.
            [Obs.] --Wyclif.
                     God's own testimony . . . doth not a little comfort
                     and confirm the same.                        --Hooker.
      2. To assist or help; to aid. [Obs.]
                     I . . . can not help the noble chevalier: God
                     comfort him in this necessity!            --Shak.
      3. To impart strength and hope to; to encourage; to relieve;
            to console; to cheer.
                     Light excelleth in comforting the spirits of men.
                     That we may be able to comfort them that are in any
                     affliction.                                       --2 Cor. i. 4
                                                                              (Rev. Ver.).
                     A perfect woman, nobly planned, To warn, to comfort,
                     and command.                                       --Wordsworth.
      Syn: To cheer; solace; console; revive; encourage; enliven;
               invigorate; inspirit; gladden; recreate; exhilarate;
               refresh; animate; confirm; strengthen.
      Usage: {To Comfort}, {Console}, {Solace}. These verbs all
                  suppose some antecedent state of suffering or sorrow.
                  Console is confined to the act giving sympathetic
                  relief to the mind under affliction or sorrow, and
                  points to some definite source of that relief; as, the
                  presence of his friend consoled him; he was much
                  consoled by this intelligence. The act of consoling
                  commonly implies the inculcation of resignation.
                  Comfort points to relief afforded by the communication
                  of positive pleasure, hope, and strength, as well as
                  by the diminution of pain; as, [bd]They brought the
                  young man alive, and were not a little comforted.[b8]
                  --Acts xx. 12. Solace is from L. solacium, which means
                  according to Dumesnil, consolation inwardly felt or
                  applied to the case of the sufferer. Hence, the verb
                  to solace denotes the using of things for the purpose
                  of affording relief under sorrow or suffering; as, to
                  solace one's self with reflections, with books, or
                  with active employments.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Comfort \Com"fort\, n. [OF. confort, fr. conforter.]
      1. Assistance; relief; support. [Obs. except in the phrase
            [bd]aid and comfort.[b8] See 5 below.] --Shak.
      2. Encouragement; solace; consolation in trouble; also, that
            which affords consolation.
                     In comfort of her mother's fears.      --Shak.
                     Cheer thy spirit with this comfort.   --Shak.
                     Speaking words of endearment where words of comfort
                     availed not.                                       --Longfellow.
      3. A state of quiet enjoyment; freedom from pain, want, or
            anxiety; also, whatever contributes to such a condition.
                     I had much joy and comfort in thy love. --Phil. 7
                                                                              (Rev. Ver.).
                     He had the means of living in comfort. --Macaulay.
      4. A wadded bedquilt; a comfortable. [U. S.]
      5. (Law) Unlawful support, countenance, or encouragement; as,
            to give aid and comfort to the enemy.
      Syn: {Comfort}, {Consolation}.
      Usage: Comfort has two meanings:
      1. Strength and relief received under affliction;
      2. Positive enjoyment, of a quiet, permanent nature, together
            with the sources thereof; as, the comfort of love;
            surrounded with comforts; but it is with the former only
            that the word consolation is brought into comparison. As
            thus compared, consolation points to some specific source
            of relief for the afflicted mind; as, the consolations of
            religion. Comfort supposes the relief to be afforded by
            imparting positive enjoyment, as well as a diminution of
            pain. [bd]Consolation, or comfort, signifies some
            alleviation to that pain to which it is not in our power
            to afford the proper and adequate remedy; they imply
            rather an augmentation of the power of bearing, than a
            diminution of the burden.[b8] --Johnson.

From U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]:
   Comfort, TX (CDP, FIPS 16228)
      Location: 29.97233 N, 98.90281 W
      Population (1990): 1477 (646 housing units)
      Area: 8.3 sq km (land), 0.0 sq km (water)
      Zip code(s): 78013
   Comfort, WV
      Zip code(s): 25049
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