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.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • ease — [iːz] verb 1. [intransitive, transitive] if limits, rules, restrictions etc are eased, or someone eases them, they become less strict: • India is easing rules for joint ventures with foreign concerns. 2. [intransitive, transitive] if interest… …   Financial and business terms

  • Ease — ([=e]z), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Eased} ([=e]zd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Easing}.] [OE. esen, eisen, OF. aisier. See {Ease}, n.] 1. To free from anything that pains, disquiets, or oppresses; to relieve from toil or care; to give rest, repose, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ease — may refer to:*Ease (programming language) *Ease (novel), by Patrick Gale *EASE/ACCESS, an experiment which flew on the Space Shuttle in 1985 *Methylone, a substitute for the drug ecstacy, marketed briefly in New Zealand under the brand name… …   Wikipedia

  • Ease — 0.4 unter Ubuntu 10.10 Basisdaten Entwickler Nate Stedman, Stéphane Maniaci A …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • ease — [ēz] n. [ME ese < OFr aise < VL * adjaces < L adjacens, lying nearby, hence easy to reach: see ADJACENT] 1. freedom from pain, worry, or trouble; comfort 2. freedom from stiffness, formality, or awkwardness; natural, easy manner; poise 3 …   English World dictionary

  • ease — [n1] peace, quiet; lack of difficulty affluence, ataraxia, bed of roses*, calm, calmness, comfort, content, contentment, easiness, enjoyment, gratification, happiness, idleness, inactivity, inertia, inertness, leisure, luxury, passivity, peace of …   New thesaurus

  • ease — ► NOUN 1) absence of difficulty or effort. 2) freedom from worries or problems. ► VERB 1) make or become less serious or severe. 2) move carefully or gradually. 3) (ease off/up) do something with more moderation …   English terms dictionary

  • ease — I verb abate, alleviate, ameliorate, bate, calm, comfort, console, cushion, disburden, disencumber, ease the burden, expedite, extenuate, facilitate, free from anxiety, give repose, give rest, help along, lessen, let up, lighten, loosen, make… …   Law dictionary

  • ease — ēz vb, eased; eas·ing vt 1) to free from something that pains, disquiets, or burdens <eased and comforted the sick> 2) to take away or lessen: ALLEVIATE <took an aspirin to ease the pain> vi to give freedom or relief (as from pain or… …   Medical dictionary

  • ease — n 1 comfort, relaxation, *rest, repose, leisure Analogous words: inactivity, idleness, inertness, passiveness, supineness (see corresponding adjectives at INACTIVE): tranquillity, serenity, placidity, calmness, peacefulness (see corresponding… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”