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English Dictionary: easing by the DICT Development Group
2 results for easing
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a change for the better [syn: easing, moderation, relief]
  2. the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance); "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
    Synonym(s): easing, easement, alleviation, relief
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.
      2. To render less painful or oppressive; to mitigate; to
                     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.]
      {To ease off}, {To ease away} (Naut.), to slacken a rope
      {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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