Definitions of relief

  1. the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced; "as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance); "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a change for the better Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. assistance in time of difficulty; "the contributions provided some relief for the victims" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged; "he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped; "he has been on relief for many years" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. (law) redress awarded by a court; "was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The projection of a figure above the ground or plane on which it is formed. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The appearance of projection given by shading, shadow, etc., to any figure. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. The height to which works are raised above the bottom of the ditch. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. The elevations and surface undulations of a country. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Removal in whole or in part of pain, grief, want, etc.; the feeling caused by such removal; that which removes or lessens pain, grief, etc.; release from some post of duty; help given to the poor; fresh supplies of men, animals, food, etc., especially fresh troops, coming to take the place of those tired out or used up; the elevation of a sculptured design from a plane surface; as, the figures carved in relief on old furniture; in painting and drawing, the effect of standing out from the surface given to objects in the picture by shadows, etc.; in physical geography, the elevations and depressions of land surface. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  21. The removal of pain or distress, physical or mental. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  22. The removal of any evil: release from a post or duty: that which relieves or mitigates: aid: (fine art) the projection of a sculptured design from its ground. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. Ease; succor; release; in the fine arts, projection of a figure. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  24. A relieving; alleviation; aid; release. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. The projection of a figure from a surface. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. Alleviation of pain, grief, &c.; that which alleviates; release, as a sentinel, from his post; the one who takes his place; aid; redress; prominence in sculpture, beyond the ground or plane on which it is formed. See Relieve. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  27. Removal in whole or in part of any evil, grievance, or affliction; that which mitigates; help; succour; remedy; dismission of a sentinel from his post; in the feudal law, a payment made to the lord by the tenant on coming into possession of an estate to be held under him; in fort., the projection or prominence of a work above the ground-plan; in the fine arts, the appearance of projection in painting; in sculp., the projection of figures from the ground or plane on which they are formed, being of three kinds-alto-relievo, or high relief, mezzo-relievo, medium or middle relief, basso-relievo, or low relief. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  28. r[=e]-l[=e]f', n. the removal of any evil: release from a post or duty, replacement: one who replaces another: that which relieves or mitigates: aid: assistance to a pauper, as outdoor relief: a certain fine or composition paid by the heir of a tenant at the death of the ancestor: (fine art) the projection of a sculptured design from its ground, as low relief (bas-relief, basso-rilievo), middle relief (mezzo-rilievo), and high relief (alto-rilievo), according as the carved figures project very little, in a moderate degree, or in a very considerable degree from the background: a work of art executed in relief: (her.) the supposed projection of a charge from the surface of a field, indicated by shading on the sinister and lower sides: the condition of land surfaces as regards elevations and depressions--as indicated in a RELIEF'-MAP, in which the form of the country is expressed by elevations and depressions of the material used.--ns. RELIEF'-PERSPEC'TIVE, the art of applying the principles of perspective to relief in painting and sculpture, in theatrical settings, &c.; RELIEF'-WORK, public work to provide employment for the poor in times of distress.--RELIEF CHURCH, a body who left the Established Church of Scotland on account of the oppressive exercise of patronage, organised in 1761, uniting with the United Secession Church in 1847 to form the United Presbyterian Church. [O. Fr. relef--relever, to raise up--L. re-, again, lev[=a]re, to raise.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  29. Alleviation of or deliverance from pain, distress, anxiety, &c. (the medicine brought r.; it is a r. to come across an optimist); feature &c. that diversifies monotony or relaxes tension (a blank wall without r.; a comic scene follows by way of r.); assistance given to the poor esp. under the Poor Law (recipients of public r. shall not be eligible) or to persons in special danger or difficulty (a r. fund for the earthquake victims; r. works, building &c. operations started to give work to the unemployed); reinforcement& esp. raising of siege of besieged town; (replacing of person or persons on duty by) person (s) appointed to take turn of duty; redress of hardship or grievance. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. Method of moulding or carving or stamping in which design stands out from plane or curved surface with projections proportioned& more or less (high, low, r.) closely approximating to those of objects imitated (the profile of Julius in r.); piece of sculpture &c. in r.; appearance of being done in r. given by arrangement of line or colour or shading, distinctness of outline lit. or fig., vividness, (stands out in r.; bring out the facts in full r.). [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  31. [Fr., L.] Of a fortification, the total height from the bottom of a ditch to the top of the parapet. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  32. [Fr., L.] Those of the guard who go round to change sentries. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  33. n. Removal of pain, distress, or other evil; a temporary abatement; partial alleviation; also, a complete and final delivery;- that which abates or removes evil; remedy;—succour; support dismissal of a sentry, picket, or guard from their post; — also, the sentry or soldiers which relieve them and take their place; —in sculpture, prominence of a figure above or beyond the ground or plane on which it is formed;— in law, remedy; redress; indemnification;—in feudal law, a fine or composition paid by a tenant to the new lord of the manor for permission to hold and renew the lease. Cabinet Dictionary

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