• WordNet 3.6
    • v comfort lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate "ease the pain in your legs"
    • v comfort give moral or emotional strength to
    • n comfort assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal "it gave comfort to the enemy"
    • n comfort the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction "his presence was a consolation to her"
    • n comfort bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
    • n comfort a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment
    • n comfort satisfaction or physical well-being provided by a person or thing "his friendship was a comfort","a padded chair was one of the room's few comforts"
    • n comfort a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain "he is a man who enjoys his comfort","she longed for the comfortableness of her armchair"
    • n comfort a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state "a life of luxury and ease","he had all the material comforts of this world"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Mr. Klegg Enjoys Solid Comfort. 16 Mr. Klegg Enjoys Solid Comfort. 16
A lion snuggled up asleep in bed, under a polkadot patterned comforter A lion snuggled up asleep in bed, under a polkadot patterned comforter
Jo laid her head on a comfortable rag-bag and cried Jo laid her head on a comfortable rag-bag and cried
Woman comforting crying child Woman comforting crying child
He felt how comfortable it was to have nothing on him but himself He felt how comfortable it was to have nothing on him but himself

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sloth moves so slowly that it's fur offers a comfortable environment for algae to grow.
    • Comfort A state of quiet enjoyment; freedom from pain, want, or anxiety; also, whatever contributes to such a condition. "I had much joy and comfort in thy love.""He had the means of living in comfort ."
    • Comfort A wadded bedquilt; a comfortable.
    • Comfort Assistance; relief; support.
    • Comfort Encouragement; solace; consolation in trouble; also, that which affords consolation. "In comfort of her mother's fears.""Cheer thy spirit with this comfort .""Speaking words of endearment where words of comfort availed not."
    • Comfort To assist or help; to aid. "I . . . can not help the noble chevalier:
      God comfort him in this necessity!"
    • Comfort To impart strength and hope to; to encourage; to relieve; to console; to cheer. "Light excelleth in comforting the spirits of men.""That we may be able to comfort them that are in any affliction.""A perfect woman, nobly planned,
      To warn, to comfort , and command."
    • Comfort To make strong; to invigorate; to fortify; to corroborate. "God's own testimony . . . doth not a little comfort and confirm the same."
    • Comfort (Law) Unlawful support, countenance, or encouragement; as, to give aid and comfort to the enemy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Northern parts of China it was once a common practice to shave pigs. When the evenings got cold the Chinese would take a pig to bed with them for warmth and found it more comfortable if the pig was clean-shaven.
    • comfort To give or add strength to; strengthen; fortify; invigorate; corroborate.
    • comfort To soothe when in grief or trouble; bring solace or consolation to; console; cheer; solace.
    • comfort To relieve, assist, harbor, or encourage: in law, used especially of the conduct of an accessory to a crime after the fact. Synonyms To revive, refresh, inspirit, gladden, animate.
    • n comfort Strength; support; assistance; countenance; encouragement: now only a legal use: as, an accessory affords aid or comfort to a felon.
    • n comfort Relief in affliction, sorrow, or trouble of any kind; support; solace; consolation: as, to bring comfort to the afflicted.
    • n comfort A state of tranquil or moderate enjoyment, resulting from the satisfaction of bodily wants and freedom from care or anxiety; a feeling or state of well-being, satisfaction, or content.
    • n comfort That which gives or produces the feeling of welfare and satisfaction; that which furnishes moderate enjoyment or content.
    • n comfort Same as comfortable.
    • n comfort Synonyms Comfort, Consolation, Solace, relief, succor, ease, help. Comfort has a range of meaning not shared by the others, approaching that of pleasure, but of the quiet, durable, satisfying, heart-felt sort, meeting the needs most felt; as contrasted with consolation, it ordinarily applies to smaller or less known griefs, and is more positive and tender, and less formal. As contrasted with solace, comfort and consolation may or may not proceed from a person, while solace is got from things. Comfort may be merely physical; consolation and solace are spiritual.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Comfort kum′furt to relieve from pain or distress: to soothe: to cheer, revive
    • n Comfort relief: encouragement: ease: quiet enjoyment: freedom from annoyance: whatever gives ease, enjoyment, &c.: a subject of satisfaction
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  • Proverb
    “There is not so much comfort in having children as there is sorrow in parting with them.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house as a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master.”
  • Clare Boothe Luce
    “No woman has ever so comforted the distressed or distressed the comfortable. [On Eleanor Roosevelt]”
  • Grant Show
    Grant Show
    “I think that there were only two people in my high school that were comfortable there, and I think they are both pumping gas now.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “To be scared is sensible, to be comfortable is suicidal.”


Comfort zone - It is the temperature range in which the body doesn't shiver or sweat, but has an idiomatic sense of a place where people feel comfortable, where they can avoid the worries of the world. It can be physical or mental.
Creature comforts - If a person said "I hate camping. I don't like giving up my creature comforts." the person would be referring, in particular, to the comfortable things he/she would have at home but not when camping. At home, for example, he/she would have complete shelter from the weather, a television, a nice comfortable warm bed, the ability to take a warm bath or shower, comfortable lounge chairs to relax in and so on. The person doesn't like giving up the material and psychological benefits of his/her normal life.
Job's comforter - Someone who says they want to comfort, but actually discomforts people is a Job's comforter. (Job's is pronounced 'jobes', not 'jobs')


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. conforter, fr. L. confortare, to strengthen much; con-, + fortis, strong. See Fort


In literature:

Do you suppose that one's comfort lies in having a choice of employments?
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
I could clean it up, and make it comfortable for your grandfather.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Cecil did not cry now, but utterly refused to be comforted by this stranger.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
We study these, and we learn much, and we are made happier and more comfortable by what we learn.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
I tried to comfort her, but she rushed away from me.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
There's some comfort in that, you know.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
Wellborn, comfortably trained, healthy and easy-natured, the world had always turned its pleasant side to him.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
They had no want of bodily comforts there.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
I have got his sitting-room now, which is smaller and more comfortable than the one I had before.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
If it's any comfort to my folks to think favorably of me, I'd rather let them.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

O little Heart,
So much I see
Thy hidden smart,
So much I long
To sing some song
To comfort thee.
"Comfort At Parting" by Richard Le Gallienne
Relaxation! just say whither
Are we to go forth to get it;
Of that comfort I get little--
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Sleep, little darlin', sleep;
God watch o'er thee!
Thou'rt o' that's left i'th world
To comfort me!
"Cradle Song" by Edwin Waugh
"I'd wear for fun and frolic
A crinkled daffodil,
With a crown quite comfortable
And a flaring yellow frill.
"June" by Nancy Byrd Turner
In the hour of my distress,
When temptations me oppress,
And when I my sins confess,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
"His Litany, To The Holy Spirit" by Robert Herrick
In the hours of my distress,
When temptations me oppress,
And when I my sins confess
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
"Sweet Spirit, Comfort Me" by Robert Herrick

In news:

This comforting stew makes a hearty meal when served with a salad and crusty bread.
Is it any wonder grilled cheese sandwiches are one of our favorite comfort foods.
Side Dish Cuisine: American Theme: Comfort Food.
Despite all the calamities, real and imagined, you can take comfort in the fact that your 401(k) plan is probably doing fairly well.
The Arroz con Mariscos from Ricardo Zarate's new Mo- Chica is the kind of comfort food that inspires late night cravings for another bowlful.
It feels like the ultimate comfort food—without the fat.
There's something so comforting about eating a warm bowl of slow-cooked food on a brisk autumn day.
I'm a comfort food kind of gal, but not so much a meat and potatoes kind of gal.
Some of my favorite comfort foods are Italian, Mexican, Greek…lots of flavors.
The day is void-of-course (moon making no connections with planets, therefore we have difficulty making connections and creating comfort).
Comfort-food favorite corn chowder takes a southwestern spin with green chiles.
We've got a better idea, a gift that's unexpected but still in the comfort zone: a belt from one of Texas's best buckle artists.
Kadir is comforted by his grandfather Mamat after being circumcised during a mass circumcision ceremony in Sungai Pelek, outside Kuala Lumpur ( Bazuki Muhammad, Reuters / March 11, 2012 ).
Riding the rails from Seattle to Yuma provides a comfortable means of travel and a peek into America's backyard.
At his technique-driven new eatery, chef-owner Scot Harlan will showcase creative riffs on classic comfort food.

In science:

Local control has the danger of getting trapped in locally “comfortable” configurations that are not globally suitable.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
For instance, if for each module we only specify preferred immediate neighbor configurations, the most likely result is that surface modules will settle quickly and comfortably, preventing modules on the inside of the structure from moving.
Multiagent Control of Self-reconfigurable Robots
For comparison, all known black holes are in the mass range 1M⊙ to 3 × 109M⊙ , comfortably in the evaporation regime.
Black Holes Must Die
This analysis has shown that the situation is not quite comfortable for the SCUBA surveys, essentially because of the faintness of the optical counterparts: roughly 50% of all identifications may be spurious.
High-Redshift Galaxies: The Far-Infrared and Sub-Millimeter View
From the point of view of developing a bicomplex function theory it is comforting to observe that the bicomplex space contains simply connected domains that are not singleton sets and contain merely nonsingular points.
Bicomplex algebra and function theory