[syn: still, allay, relieve, ease]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ease \Ease\ ([=e]z), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Eased ([=e]zd);
p. pr. & vb. n. Easing.] [OE. esen, eisen, OF. aisier. See
1. To free from anything that pains, disquiets, or oppresses;
to relieve from toil or care; to give rest, repose, or
tranquillity to; -- often with of; as, to ease of pain; to
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
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.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ease \Ease\ ([=e]z), 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;
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.
Give yourself ease from the fatigue of watching.
(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.
Take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
(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.
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. "His soul
shall dwell at ease." --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; tranquillity;
facility; easiness; readiness.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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" [syn: ease, easiness,
simplicity, simpleness] [ant: difficultness,
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" [syn: 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" [syn: relief, ease]
4: freedom from constraint or embarrassment; "I am never at ease
with strangers" [syn: ease, informality]
5: freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility);
"took his repose by the swimming pool" [syn: rest, ease,
v 1: move gently or carefully; "He eased himself into the chair"
2: lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate; "ease the pain in your
legs" [syn: comfort, ease]
3: make easier; "you could facilitate the process by sharing
your knowledge" [syn: facilitate, ease, alleviate]
4: lessen the intensity of or calm; "The news eased my
conscience"; "still the fears" [syn: still, allay,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
485 Moby Thesaurus words for "ease":
Atticism, Bohemianism, Easy Street, abandon, abate, abatement,
abet, abundance, acceptance, adeptness, adroitness, advance,
affability, affluence, aid, alienation, allay, allayment,
alleviate, alleviation, allow for, ameliorate, amusement,
analgesia, anesthesia, anesthetize, anesthetizing, animal pleasure,
aplomb, appease, appeasement, appropriateness, artfulness,
artlessness, assist, assistance, assuage, assuagement, assure,
attenuate, avail, bail out, bate, be light, bear a hand, bear up,
bed of roses, befriend, benefit, benumb, better, bodily pleasure,
calm, calm down, calming, calmness, carnal delight, casualness,
chasteness, chastity, cheer, clarity, classicalism, classicism,
clear, clear coast, clear road, clear the way, clearness,
cleverness, clover, color, comeliness, comfort, common touch,
compose, composure, condole with, content, contentedness,
contentment, convenience, cool, cordiality, correctness, coziness,
cradle, creature comforts, cushion, deaden, deaden the pain,
deadening, decrease, deftness, diffuse, dignity, dilute, diminish,
diminishment, diminution, directness, disburden, discrimination,
disencumber, disengage, disjoin, dispatch, disperse, distinction,
do good, doctor, dulcify, dull, dulling, ease matters, ease off,
ease up, easement, easiness, easing, easy circumstances,
easy going, easygoingness, efficiency, effortlessness, elegance,
elegancy, encourage, endpleasure, enjoyment, entertainment,
entire satisfaction, euphoria, even out, expedite, expertise,
expertness, explain, extenuate, facileness, facilitate, facility,
familiarity, favor, felicitousness, felicity, finish, fittingness,
fleshpots, flow, flowing periods, fluency, fluff, folksiness,
foment, forepleasure, forward, free, free time, freedom, fruition,
fulfillment, fun, further, gentle, give a boost, give a hand,
give a lift, give comfort, give help, give relief, gloss over,
good offices, good taste, goof-off time, grace, gracefulness,
gracility, gracious life, gracious living, graciousness,
gratification, grease, grease the ways, grease the wheels,
great satisfaction, guide, gusto, happiness, hasten,
have little weight, hearten, hearty enjoyment, help, help along,
highroad, homeliness, homeyness, hush, idle hours, idleness,
ignore, improve, inactivity, inch, inertia, inertness, informality,
informalness, ingenuousness, insouciance, intellectual pleasure,
intelligibility, irregularity, joie de vivre, keen pleasure,
kick the beam, kicks, knack, knead, lack of hindrance,
lap of luxury, lax, laxate, lay, leisure, lend a hand,
lend one aid, lessen, lessening, let down, let go, let up,
let up on, liberate, life of ease, lighten, limber, limber up,
limpidity, loaves and fishes, loose, loosen, looseness, lubricate,
lucidity, lull, lulling, luxury, make allowance for, make clear,
make light, make lighter, make way for, manipulate, mash, massage,
mellow, milden, mince, ministration, ministry, mitigate,
mitigation, moderation, mollification, mollify, naturalness,
neatness, nonchalance, numb, numbing, odd moments, off-load,
offhandedness, office, offices, oil, open the way, open up,
opulence, pacify, pad, palliate, palliation, passivity,
pave the way, peace, peace and quiet, peace of mind, peacefulness,
pellucidity, perspicuity, physical pleasure, plain sailing,
plainness, plane sailing, pleasure, plenty, plump, poetry, poise,
polish, poultice, pour balm into, pour oil on, prepare the way,
proffer aid, promote, propriety, prosperity, prosperousness,
protect, protection, pulp, purity, put at ease, quell, quicken,
quiet, quiet pleasure, quieten, rally, reassure, reclaim,
reconcilement, reconciliation, redeem, reduce, reduce weight,
reduction, refinement, relax, relaxation, relaxedness, release,
relief, relieve, relish, remedy, remit, remove friction,
render assistance, repose, rescue, resignation, rest, restfulness,
restore, restraint, resuscitate, retirement, revive, rock,
rock to sleep, royal road, run interference for, salve, salving,
satisfaction, save, scatter, security, seemliness,
self-gratification, self-indulgence, semiretirement,
sensual pleasure, sensuous pleasure, serenity, service,
set at ease, set up, sexual pleasure, shake up, simplicity,
simplify, skillfulness, slack, slack off, slack up, slacken, slake,
sleep, slip, slow down, slur over, smash, smooth, smooth down,
smooth over, smooth road, smooth sailing, smooth the way, smoothen,
smoothness, soap the ways, sociability, soft-pedal, soften,
soften up, softening, solace, solid comfort, soothe, soothing,
spare time, speed, spontaneity, squash, stabilize, steady, steer,
still, straight sailing, straightforwardness, stupe, subdue,
subduement, success, succor, supple, support, sweetness of life,
sympathize with, take in tow, taste, tastefulness, tenderize,
terseness, the affluent life, the good life, therapy, thriving,
thriving condition, time, time to kill, time to spare, titillation,
tone down, tranquilize, tranquillity, tune down, unaffectedness,
unballast, unbar, unbend, unblock, unbrace, unburden,
unbuttoned ease, unceremoniousness, unclog, uncomplexity,
uncomplicatedness, unconcern, unconstrainedness, unconstraint,
unconventionality, unglue, unjam, unlade, unlax, unleash, unload,
unpretentiousness, unrestraint, unstick, unstrain, unstring,
untighten, unwind, upward mobility, varnish, velvet,
voluptuousness, water down, weaken, weal, wealth, weigh lightly,
welfare, well-being, whitewash, zest
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):
Easy Access System Europe (Novell, FTP)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):
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.