• WordNet 3.6
    • n easement the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance) "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
    • n easement (law) the privilege of using something that is not your own (as using another's land as a right of way to your own land)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Easement (Arch) A curved member instead of an abrupt change of direction, as in a baseboard, hand rail, etc.
    • Easement (Law) A liberty, privilege, or advantage, which one proprietor has in the estate of another proprietor, distinct from the ownership of the soil, as a way, water course, etc. It is a species of what the civil law calls servitude.
    • Easement That which gives ease, relief, or assistance; convenience; accommodation. "In need of every kind of relief and easement ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n easement That which gives ease, relief, or assistance; convenience; accommodation.
    • n easement In law, a right of accommodation in another's land; such a right in respect to lands—as that of passage, or of having free access of light and air—which does not involve taking anything from the land; more specifically, such a right when held in respect to one piece of land by the owner of a neighboring piece by virtue of his ownership of the latter. In reference to this latter piece, the right is termed an easement; in reference to the former it is termed a servitude: but by some writers these terms are used indiscriminately. Easement, as distinguished from license, implies an interest in the servient tenement itself.
    • n easement In carpentry, same as ease-off.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Easement relief: assistance: support: gratification
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. aisement,. See Ease (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. aise; cog. with It. agio; Prov. ais, Port. azo.


In literature:

Another easement had been her indomitable, unflagging triple purpose to be free, to be reunited to her master, and to be revenged.
"Gideon's Band" by George W. Cable
Since sore he was summon'd, a night of sweet easement.
"The Tale of Beowulf" by Anonymous
But this poor, foot-sore child of fortune has only his heavy box of tunes and a human being's easement in the public highway.
"Jersey Street and Jersey Lane" by H. C. Bunner
Over she pressed, and lee-rail under, while he measured the weight of the wind and quested its easement.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
What good then shall come of your 'knowledgment, saving your own easement?
"The White Rose of Langley" by Emily Sarah Holt
Enoch, by his translation, does not disclose the solace of bodily easement, agreeable to the belly, but deliverance from sin and death.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
For to take his easement.
"Dialogues in French and English" by William Caxton
I woll, sayde the scoffer, after ye haue done youre easement.
"Shakespeare Jest-Books;" by Unknown
It would, no doubt, have been a great easement of the present difficulty.
"The Claims of Labour an essay on the duties of the employers to the employed" by Arthur Helps
Did it offer easement from their torture of mind and body?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
It was an easement of a sort, if only the difference of change.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
The desire is a pain which seeks easement through possession.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
Thus a right of way is an easement, a right of common is a profit.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 9" by Various
The right of support being an easement in favour of the owner of the upper storey, it is for him to repair.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 4" by Various
Adjustments, alterations were made, easements under the arms, tightenings about the waist.
"A Book of Ghosts" by Sabine Baring-Gould
These contacts with the hairy coat gave him instant easement and enabled him to play out the evening.
"The Best Psychic Stories" by Various
The easement will come sooner than I intended, but it is a wise man can read the signs of the weather.
"Mortomley's Estate, Vol. III (of 3)" by Charlotte Elizabeth Lawson Cowan Riddell
Her husband had arrived before her, and in tears on his shoulder she found the first momentary easement since her trouble began.
"A Rich Man's Relatives (Vol. 1 of 3)" by Robert Cleland
That something was an easement of conditions in the coal market during the summer months.
"The Iron Ration" by George Abel Schreiner
The permanent easement includes the eight acres surrounding the mansion; the temporary easement covers the remaining 44.3 acres.
"Salona, Fairfax County, Virginia" by Ellen Anderson

In news:

Coupeville port to talk Greenbank Farm easement .
Real Property – Judgments – Easement .
The amount of the federal tax deduction for conservation easements was incorrectly characterized as 35 percent for top income brackets.
Easement contracts allow for conservation that's customizable for owners.
Montieth said conservation easements are voluntary legal agreements between landowners and land trusts, created to protect natural and traditional values of the property in perpetuity.
It purchases, and/or receives in donation, both conservation easements and fee title properties from willing sellers.
Agricultural easements are voluntary legal agreements restricting nonagricultural development on farmland, with the land itself remaining on the tax rolls and underprivate ownership and management.
Conservation easements were set up in 2000 to guarantee that land would not be developed and tax credits were offered to allow struggling farmers and ranchers to keep land in agricultural production.
Property owners can write off easements as charitable contributions, and they keep title to the land.
State attorney's letter spells out DOT power to reject easement .
The proposed $400,000 expenditure by the Land Bank will not exceed appraised value of the easements .
The Land Bank has completed four previous historic preservation and conservation easements , including one last winter on the San Juan Island Historical Museum property.
UPM said that it has sold to the State of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources a conservation easement on 187,876 acres (76,000 hectares) of UPM-owned forest land in Northern Minnesota for US$44 million (approximately EUR 36 million).
Although eminent domain and easements are not entirely the same, they are close cousins.
Easements , as Eastland learned, can forever affect how land gets used.