low relief

low relief
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. [1913 Webster]

He sees the dire contagion spread so fast, That, where it seizes, all relief is vain. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

For this relief much thanks; 'tis bitter cold. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

5. (Sculp. & Arch.) The projection of a figure above the ground or plane on which it is formed. [1913 Webster]

Note: Relief is of three kinds, namely, {high relief} ({altorilievo}), {low relief}, ({basso-rilievo}), and {demirelief} ({mezzo-rilievo}). See these terms in the Vocabulary. [1913 Webster]

6. (Paint.) The appearance of projection given by shading, shadow, etc., to any figure. [1913 Webster]

7. (Fort.) The height to which works are raised above the bottom of the ditch. --Wilhelm. [1913 Webster]

8. (Physical Geog.) The elevations and surface undulations of a country. --Guyot. [1913 Webster]

{Relief valve}, a valve arranged for relieving pressure of steam, gas, or liquid; an escape valve. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Alleviation; mitigation; aid; help; succor; assistance; remedy; redress; indemnification. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Low relief — Low Low (l[=o]), a. [Compar. {Lower} (l[=o] [ e]r); superl. {Lowest}.] [OE. low, louh, lah, Icel. l[=a]gr; akin to Sw. l[*a]g, Dan. lav, D. laag, and E. lie. See {Lie} to be prostrate.] [1913 Webster] 1. Occupying an inferior position or place;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • low relief — low′ relief′ n. fia bas relief • Etymology: 1705–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • low relief — n. BAS RELIEF …   English World dictionary

  • low relief — low embossment, shallow relief, embossment that has shallow carvings in it …   English contemporary dictionary

  • low relief — noun a sculptural relief in which forms extend only slightly from the background; no figures are undercut • Syn: ↑bas relief, ↑basso relievo, ↑basso rilievo • Ant: ↑high relief • Hypernyms: ↑relief, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • low relief — noun Date: 1711 bas relief …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • low relief — bas relief. [1705 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • low relief —    In relief sculpture, a very slight extension of a form out of the background …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • low relief — noun see relief (sense 6) …   English new terms dictionary

  • low relief — /loʊ rəˈlif/ (say loh ruh leef) noun → bas relief …   Australian English dictionary

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