Chapel of 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]


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  • Chapel of ease — Chapel Chap el, n. [OF. chapele, F. chapelle, fr. LL. capella, orig., a short cloak, hood, or cowl; later, a reliquary, sacred vessel, chapel; dim. of cappa, capa, cloak, cape, cope; also, a covering for the head. The chapel where St. Martin s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chapel of ease — A chapel of ease (sometimes chapel of ease ) is a church building other than the parish church, built within the bounds of a parish for the attendance of those who cannot reach the parish church conveniently. St Nicholas s Chapel in King s Lynn,… …   Wikipedia

  • chapel of ease —    1. a mortuary    Originally, a place of worship for the convenience of parishioners residing a long way from their parish church. Also as chapel of rest:     From undertaker tout court to funeral parlor to funeral home to chapel has been the… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • Chapel of ease — A church founded in that part of a parish with a new population, or on *assarted land, the original church being distant from newcomers. Not all such chapels became permanent, having only temporary licences. The AS called them field churches .… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • chapel of ease — Rom. Cath. Ch. a chapel in a remote part of a large parish, in which Mass is celebrated. [1530 40] * * * …   Universalium

  • chapel of ease — noun an Anglican chapel situated for the convenience of parishioners living a long distance from the parish church …   English new terms dictionary

  • chapel of ease — a chapel or dependent church built for the accommodation of an increasing parish …   Useful english dictionary

  • chapel of ease — Date: 1538 a chapel or dependent church built to accommodate an expanding parish …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • chapel of ease — A secondary church for the use of parishioners living at a distance from the principal one …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Chapel of Ease, Skinner Street —    See Ship Yard …   Dictionary of London

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