• WordNet 3.6
    • n comforter device used for an infant to suck or bite on
    • n comforter bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
    • n comforter a person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies "a reliever of anxiety","an allayer of fears"
    • n comforter commiserates with someone who has had misfortune
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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.
    • Comforter A knit woolen tippet, long and narrow. "The American schoolboy takes off his comforter and unbuttons his jacket before going in for a snowball fight."
    • Comforter A wadded bedquilt; a comfortable.
    • Comforter One who administers comfort or consolation. "Let no comforter delight mine ear
      But such a one whose wrongs do suit with mine."
    • Comforter (Script) The Holy Spirit, -- referring to his office of comforting believers. "But the Comforter , which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things."
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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.
    • n comforter One who comforts or consoles; one who supports and strengthens the mind in distress, danger, or weakness.
    • n comforter [capitalized] The Holy Spirit, whose office it is to comfort, strengthen, and support the Christian.
    • n comforter A knitted or crocheted woolen scarf, long and narrow, for tying round the neck in cold weather.
    • n comforter Same as comfortable.
    • n comforter A boil: in allusion to those with which Job is supposed to have been afflicted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Comforter one who administers comfort:
    • n Comforter (B.) the Holy Spirit: a long, narrow woollen tippet
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  • Francis Bacon
    “Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes; adversity not without many comforts and hopes.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England.”
  • Jean Cocteau
    “If a hermit lives in a state of ecstasy, his lack of comfort becomes the height of comfort. He must relinquish it.”
  • Sylvia Ashton Warner
    Sylvia Ashton Warner
    “I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth; and truth rewarded me.”
  • Clark Moustakas
    Clark Moustakas
    “Viewing the child solely as an immature person is a way of escaping comforting him.”
  • Proverb
    “There is not so much comfort in having children as there is sorrow in parting with them.”


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')


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. conforter—L. con, and fortis, strong.


In literature:

There are lots of little dodges that spell comfort for the dressing-room of the woman who wants comfort and can have luxury.
"The House in Good Taste" by Elsie de Wolfe
An uncultured Indian of the forests would have demanded greater comfort for his resting moments.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
I have much to comfort me, and I will take comfort.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
If thar ain't comfort then, then there ain't no comfort.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
Here no hope of comfort for the future seemed to remain.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
The room is small and shabby, and contains apparently few comforts for one nearly approaching his last hour.
"Gladys, the Reaper" by Anne Beale
He had got up and was ranging comfortably up and down the room.
"The Real Adventure" by Henry Kitchell Webster
And the Grandfather of all comforted her who was attached to her son.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And setting Draupadi free from her bonds, he then, O king, comforted her.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
Lionel Verner could not speak comfort to his wife; or, at the best, comfort of a most negative nature.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood

In poetry:

Oh, hush, my soul, take comfort now
And sleepy-singing lie
Till Love return to hide the sun
And veil the earth and sky!
"Interim" by Margaret Widdemer
But what a home at last they found!
Of comforts all bereft;
The fire out, the last candle gone,
And not one penny left!
"The Drunken Father" by Robert Bloomfield
Easily the gentle air
Wafts the turning season on;
Things to comfort them are there,
Though 'tis true the best are gone.
"XVI: Spring Morning" by A E Housman
To comfort hearts that sigh and break,
To dry the falling tear,
Wilt thou forego the music sweet
Entrancing now thy ear?
"Fishers Of Men" by Frances Ellen Watkins
"O Rosabel! though forced to go,
With thee my soul shall dwell,
And Heaven, who pities human woe,
Will comfort Rosabel!"
"The Troops Were Embarked" by John Mayne
While time his sharpest teeth prepares
Our comforts to devour,
There is a land above the stars,
And joys above his power.
"Hymn 164" by Isaac Watts

In news:

All the comforts of home are wrapped up in a performance hull designed to fit racers, cruisers, and charterers to a T. Boat Review from our September 2012 issue.
The Sightmark Ghost Hunter Night Vision Goggle Kit is a dual-tube system that offers a more comfortable viewing system that's easier on the eyes and provides more detail than a single-tube system.
A binocular should feel comfortable in your hands and be easy to manipulate.
We are very comfortable with this.
In June of 2012 Southern Comfort will expand its family of brands and launch a Bold Black Cherry .
Southern Comfort's new Bold Black Cherry is a mixture of Southern Comfort with whiskey and cherry flavors.
Blacksmithing is both a challenge and a way to relax for him, a "comforting, relaxing, spiritual thing," he said.
Merrill walking shoes, which Deutsch believes are the most comfortable walking shoes you can buy.
(AP) SEATTLE (AP)—Police in Washington state who searched a storage unit rented by Josh Powell found a stained comforter that tested positive for blood in initial exams, according to documents filed in court Friday.
He's comfortable with that, and shoulders the guitar god mantle lightly.
Design with the best material and soft fabric and the soft cardigan feels as good as it looks comfort and fashion.
Rachel Weisz's love for Daniel Craig has only grown stronger since their June wedding -- but that doesn't mean she's comfortable talking about it.
Friends and strangers comfort family of boy killed while getting.
Just the comfort level, operating the radio, listening for the codes, the right call signs, that sort of thing.
Give me good food at a good price in a comfortable atmosphere and I am a happy man.

In science:

The variation from one model to the other is too large for comfort.
Precision Determination of the Muon $g_{\mu}-2$ and $\bar{\alpha}_{\rm Q.E.D.}(M^2_{Z})$
However, in a prescient paper, Gunn & Gott argued that, while the dynamical timescale for the Coma cluster, the prototype of a relaxed cluster, was comfortably less than the Hubble time, other less dense clusters had dynamical timescales comparable to or longer than the age of the Universe .
Chandra Observations of the Components of Clusters, Groups, and Galaxies and their Interactions
Moreover, the age of the coasting universe is 1.5 times the age of standard CDM universe , which makes this model comfortably concordant with the ages of globular clusters.
Cosmological Tests for a Linear Coasting Cosmology
As I result, I sat very comfortably for three months at the Lorentz desk in the Fisher chair.
My Life with Fisher
Gadflies do not make people more comfortable.
My Life with Fisher