allay

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v allay satisfy (thirst) "The cold water quenched his thirst"
    • v allay lessen the intensity of or calm "The news eased my conscience","still the fears"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Allay Alleviation; abatement; check.
    • n Allay Alloy.
    • Allay To alleviate; to abate; to mitigate; as, to allay the severity of affliction or the bitterness of adversity. "It would allay the burning quality of that fell poison."
    • v. t Allay To diminish in strength; to abate; to subside. "When the rage allays ."
    • Allay To make quiet or put at rest; to pacify or appease; to quell; to calm; as, to allay popular excitement; to allay the tumult of the passions.
    • v. t Allay To mix (metals); to mix with a baser metal; to alloy; to deteriorate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • allay To lay down; cause to lie; lay: as, to allay the dust.
    • allay To lay aside; set aside; suppress; annul.
    • allay To put down; humble; overthrow.
    • allay To put down; quiet; assuage; pacify, appease, calm, as a commotion of the elements, or, figuratively, civil commotions, mental excitement, or an agitated person.
    • allay To abate, mitigate, or subdue; relieve or alleviate: as, to allay misery or pain; to allay the bitterness of affliction.
    • allay Synonyms Alleviate, Relieve, Mitigate, Assuage, Allay (see alleviate), calm, quiet, soothe, compose, still, lull, tranquilize, check, repress, soften, ease, moderate.
    • allay To abate; subside; grow calm.
    • n allay That which allays, lightens, or alleviates.
    • allay To mix, as metals; especially, to mix a nobler with a baser metal; alloy. See alloy, v., I.
    • allay Figuratively, to mix with something inferior; contaminate or detract from.
    • allay To temper; abate or weaken by mixture; dilute, as wine with water; weaken; diminish.
    • n allay The act or process of alloying; an alloy.
    • n allay Figuratively, admixture, especially of something inferior.
    • n allay Mixture; dilution.
    • allay To cite; quote; allege.
    • n allay In hunting, the act of laying on the hounds; the addition of fresh hounds to the cry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Allay al-lā′ to lighten, relieve: to make quiet or calm
    • Allay an obsolete form of Alloy.
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Quotations

  • Simone De Beauvoir
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    “Defending the truth is not something one does out of a sense of duty or to allay guilt complexes, but is a reward in itself.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. alaien, aleggen, to lay down, put down, humble, put an end to, AS. ālecgan,; ā-,cf. Goth. us-, G. er-, orig. meaning out,) + lecgan, to lay; but confused with old forms of allege, alloy, alegge,. See Lay

Usage

In literature:

Consumptive Knights fight terrific broad-sword duels with a thirst for combat that beer alone is subsequently able to allay.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 6, May 7, 1870" by Various
He told me he had thus sought to allay the anxiety of his mind with regard to yourself and Phidias.
"Philothea" by Lydia Maria Child
She allays lit it for me.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, Number 60, October 1862" by Various
But the veil was thrown back, and the countenance went far to allay Elenko's disquiet.
"The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales" by Richard Garnett
The punch and general conversation seemed to suffice them even after their first thirst had been allayed.
"The Boss of Little Arcady" by Harry Leon Wilson
He modified general sentiment by his impartial and liberal views, and allayed prejudices.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII" by John Lord
The epithet flattered but did not allay her timidity.
"Hilda Lessways" by Arnold Bennett
Nor has this day done much to allay my apprehension.
"A Set of Rogues" by Frank Barrett
To allay the cough, No.
"Enquire Within Upon Everything" by Anonymous
I allays thinks they've no sunshine in their hearts, or they wouldn't be so up and down with the weather.
"Probable Sons" by Amy LeFeuvre
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In poetry:

That which I did most desire,
To allay my loving fire,
I may have, yet now must misse,
Since another Ruler is.
"59" by Mary Wroth
On Vice your hum'rous Vein display;
'Tis meritorious there;
Or tow'ring Vanity allay;
But, O! Misfortune spare.
"Verses Sent To A Lady, Who Took Delight In Ridiculing A Person" by Mary Barber
While tyrants are a smarting scourge
To drive them near to God,
Divine compassion does allay
The fury of the rod.
"Psalm 125" by Isaac Watts
No wifely triumph he inspired,
Allayed no husband's fear;
Intruder bare, whom none desired,
He had a welcome drear.
"A Dream of Waking" by George MacDonald
Out at these brazen bars they may
The saints in glory see;
But this will not their grief allay,
But to them torment be.
"Of Hell And The Estate of Those Who Perish" by John Bunyan
And oft this wish will soothe our pain,
And oft allay our woe,
Oh, sweet to us is mem'ry then,
When we think of long ago.
"To Miss -" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Russia and Pakistan stress stronger ties, try to allay concerns over scrapped Putin visit.
Obama's release of birth certificate does little to allay 'birther' fears.
Syria's Assad moves to allay fury after security forces fire on protesters.
Editor's Viewpoint: Rigorous probe is vital to allay fears.
1 stressor for workers is money, but experts say HR is well-positioned to both allay workers' worries and bring down healthcare costs for the organization.
The SportCruiser is all metal, both for simplicity of construction and to help allay the fears of pilots concerned about fiberglass durability.
Announced that its ActiPatch and Allay topical pain relievers have been added to the retail products portfolio of brand management specialist Greenwood Group.
Consumer groups say conflicting guidelines on safety and testing won't allay parents' concerns.
A clear framework for auditors and accountants , especially when it comes to issues of managerial discretion, would help build confidence and allay investors' concerns.
Council quickly allayed their worries.
Last Tuesday's election did little to allay my fears and, I assume, those of the other 150 million Americans McCain said I speak for.
Business hiring is holding up, allaying concerns about an economic downdraft in the face of a looming fiscal cliff.
Euro gains vs dollar as Italy's Monti allays fears.
Colorado regulators, industry reps and environmentalists on Monday dove into the details of creating a before-and-after groundwater testing system to better detect contamination — and allay concerns about drilling.
Malaysia's ringgit climbed to a one- week high after European leaders agreed to relax repayment rules for emergency loans to Spanish banks, allaying concern the region's debt crisis will worsen.
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In science:

Although the number of detections to date is small, the fact that the CO line has already been observed out to z ∼ 5 has allayed concerns that low metallicities would render it undetectable.
Millimetre Science with the Upgraded Australia Telescope
To allay this confusion, it is sometime helpful to present the results in a way that is manifestly gauge invariant by expressing the result of the measurement in terms of gauge invariant quantities.
Gauge invariance and the detection of gravitational radiation
To allay any doubts on this score, the derivation is partially repeated with no complex notation in the Appendix.] local oscillator and reflected and Let the electric fields of the test signal, transmitted signals from the beamsplitter have amplitudes E , EL , Er and Et respectively, as shown in Fig. 2.
Homodyne detection and optical parametric amplification: a classical approach applied to proposed "loophole-free" Bell tests
Nevertheless, a comparison of PI and PA scales was undertaken to allay any concern about scale errors and to check our analysis methods.
A Survey of the Polarized Emission from the Galactic Plane at 1420 MHz with Arcminute Angular Resolution
Concerns in the literature about the meaning of the functional derivatives and the internal consistency of the RG formulation are allayed by clarifying the nature of the functional derivatives entering the formalism.
N-representability and stationarity in time-dependent density functional theory
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