To stand at ease
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; entertainment. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

They him besought Of harbor and or ease as for hire penny. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. Freedom from anything that pains or troubles; as: (a) Relief from labor or effort; rest; quiet; relaxation; as, ease of body. [1913 Webster]

Usefulness comes by labor, wit by ease. --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

Give yourself ease from the fatigue of watching. --Swift. (b) Freedom from care, solicitude, or anything that annoys or disquiets; tranquillity; peace; comfort; security; as, ease of mind. [1913 Webster]

Among these nations shalt thou find no ease. --Deut. xxviii. 65. [1913 Webster]

Take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. --Luke xii. 19. (c) Freedom from constraint, formality, difficulty, embarrassment, etc.; facility; liberty; naturalness; -- said of manner, style, etc.; as, ease of style, of behavior, of address. [1913 Webster]

True ease in writing comes from art, not chance. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Whate'er he did was done with so much ease, In him alone 't was natural to please. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To set at ease — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stand at ease — (military) A command to soldiers, etc to stop standing at attention, to stand with feet apart • • • Main Entry: ↑ease * * * (stand) at ˈease idiom used as a command to soldiers to tell them to stand with their feet apart and their hands behind… …   Useful english dictionary

  • stand at ease! — military command that instructs soldiers to stand in a comfortable but still rigid position …   English contemporary dictionary

  • At ease — 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; entertainment.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set at defiance — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set at naught — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set at work — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • at ease — 1) confident and relaxed He was more at ease in the classroom than on a political platform. feel at ease: I did my best to make him feel at ease. 2) an order to soldiers to stand with their feet apart and their hands behind their backs …   English dictionary

  • At Ease! — stand in a relaxed position (command given to soldiers) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Ill at ease — 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; entertainment.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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