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English Dictionary: relief by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
relief
n
  1. the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced; "as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief"
    Synonym(s): relief, alleviation, assuagement
  2. 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
  3. (law) redress awarded by a court; "was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"
  4. someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult); "the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"; "we need extra employees for summer fill- ins"
    Synonym(s): stand-in, substitute, relief, reliever, backup, backup man, fill-in
  5. assistance in time of difficulty; "the contributions provided some relief for the victims"
    Synonym(s): relief, succor, succour, ministration
  6. a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
    Synonym(s): respite, rest, relief, rest period
  7. a change for the better
    Synonym(s): easing, moderation, relief
  8. aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped; "he has been on relief for many years"
  9. 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
  10. sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
    Synonym(s): relief, relievo, rilievo, embossment, sculptural relief
  11. the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged; "he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Relief \Re*lief"\ (r?-l?f"), n. [OE. relef, F. relief, properly,
      a lifting up, a standing out. See {Relieve}, and cf.
      {Basrelief}, {Rilievi}.]
      1. The act of relieving, or the state of being relieved; the
            removal, or partial removal, of any evil, or of anything
            oppressive or burdensome, by which some ease is obtained;
            succor; alleviation; comfort; ease; redress.
  
                     He sees the dire contagion spread so fast, That,
                     where it seizes, all relief is vain.   --Dryden.
  
      2. Release from a post, or from the performance of duty, by
            the intervention of others, by discharge, or by relay; as,
            a relief of a sentry.
  
                     For this relief much thanks; 'tis bitter cold.
                                                                              --Shak.
  
      3. That which removes or lessens evil, pain, discomfort,
            uneasiness, etc.; that which gives succor, aid, or
            comfort; also, the person who relieves from performance of
            duty by taking the place of another; a relay.
  
      4. (Feudal Law) A fine or composition which the heir of a
            deceased tenant paid to the lord for the privilege of
            taking up the estate, which, on strict feudal principles,
            had lapsed or fallen to the lord on the death of the
            tenant.
  
      5. (Sculp. & Arch.) The projection of a figure above the
            ground or plane on which it is formed.
  
      Note: Relief is of three kinds, namely, {high relief}
               ({altorilievo}), {low relief}, ({basso-rilievo}), and
               {demirelief} ({mezzo-rilievo}). See these terms in the
               Vocabulary.
  
      6. (Paint.) The appearance of projection given by shading,
            shadow, etc., to any figure.
  
      7. (Fort.) The height to which works are raised above the
            bottom of the ditch. --Wilhelm.
  
      8. (Physical Geog.) The elevations and surface undulations of
            a country. --Guyot.
  
      {Relief valve}, a valve arranged for relieving pressure of
            steam, gas, or liquid; an escape valve.
  
      Syn: Alleviation; mitigation; aid; help; succor; assistance;
               remedy; redress; indemnification.
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