high 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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  • High relief — High High, a. [Compar. {Higher}; superl. {Highest}.] [OE. high, hegh, hey, heh, AS. he[ a]h, h?h; akin to OS. h?h, OFries. hag, hach, D. hoog, OHG. h?h, G. hoch, Icel. h?r, Sw. h[ o]g, Dan. h[ o]i, Goth. hauhs, and to Icel. haugr mound, G. h[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • high relief — n. 1. relief in which sculptured figures, etc. project from the background by half or more than half their full natural depth 2. sculpture in high relief …   English World dictionary

  • high relief — high re lief n [U] 1.) a form of art in which figures cut in stone or wood stand out from the surface →↑bas relief 2.) throw sth into high relief to make something very clear and easy to notice …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • high relief — high′ relief′ n. fia sculptured relief in which volumes are strongly projected from the background • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • high relief — noun (U) 1 a form of art in which figures cut in stone or wood stand out from the surface compare bas­relief 2 throw sth into high relief to make something very clear and easy to notice …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • high relief — high embossment, deep relief, embossment that has deep carvings in it …   English contemporary dictionary

  • high relief — noun a sculptural relief in which forms extend out from the background to at least half their depth • Syn: ↑alto relievo, ↑alto rilievo • Ant: ↑low relief • Hypernyms: ↑relief, ↑relievo, ↑rilievo, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • high relief — noun Date: 1703 sculptural relief in which at least half of the circumference of the modeled form projects compare bas relief …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • high relief — Sculpture. sculptured relief in which volumes are strongly projected from the background. See illus. under relief2. [1875 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • high relief — noun A form of classical sculpture in which forms extend from the background by at least half of their depth. Syn: alto relievo Ant: bas relief …   Wiktionary

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