• WordNet 3.6
    • v ease lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate "ease the pain in your legs"
    • v ease make easier "you could facilitate the process by sharing your knowledge"
    • v ease lessen the intensity of or calm "The news eased my conscience","still the fears"
    • v ease move gently or carefully "He eased himself into the chair"
    • n ease freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility) "took his repose by the swimming pool"
    • n ease freedom from difficulty or hardship or effort "he rose through the ranks with apparent ease","they put it into containers for ease of transportation","the very easiness of the deed held her back"
    • n ease freedom from constraint or embarrassment "I am never at ease with strangers"
    • n ease the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress) "he enjoyed his relief from responsibility","getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"
    • n ease 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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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1785, the city of Paris removed bones from cemeteries to ease the overflow of dead people. They took these bones and stacked them in tunnels now known as the Catacombs. You can visit these tunnel attractions and work your way along long corridors, which are stacked with skulls and bones
    • Ease Freedom from anything that pains or troubles; as: Relief from labor or effort; rest; quiet; relaxation; as, ease of body. "Usefulness comes by labor, wit by ease .""Give yourself ease from the fatigue of watching."
    • Ease Freedom from care, solicitude, or anything that annoys or disquiets; tranquillity; peace; comfort; security; as, ease of mind.
    • Ease Freedom from constraint, formality, difficulty, embarrassment, etc.; facility; liberty; naturalness; -- said of manner, style, etc.; as, ease of style, of behavior, of address.
    • Ease Satisfaction; pleasure; hence, accommodation; entertainment. "They him besought
      Of harbor and or ease as for hire penny."
    • Ease To entertain; to furnish with accommodations.
    • Ease To free from anything that pains, disquiets, or oppresses; to relieve from toil or care; to give rest, repose, or tranquillity to; -- often with of; as, to ease of pain; to ease the body or mind. "Eased from] the putting off
      These troublesome disguises which we wear."
      "Sing, and I 'll ease thy shoulders of thy load."
    • Ease To release from pressure or restraint; to move gently; to lift slightly; to shift a little; as, to ease a bar or nut in machinery.
    • Ease To render less painful or oppressive; to mitigate; to alleviate. "My couch shall ease my complaint."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Queen Victoria eased the discomfort of her menstrual cramps by having her doctor supply her with marijuana.
    • n ease An undisturbed state of the body; freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance of any kind; tranquil rest; physical comfort: as, he sits at his ease; to take one's ease.
    • n ease A quiet state of the mind; freedom from concern, anxiety, solicitude, or anything that frets or ruffles the mind; tranquillity.
    • n ease Hence Comfort afforded or provided; satisfaction; relief; entertainment; accommodation.
    • n ease Facility; freedom from difficulty or great labor: as, it can be done with great ease.
    • n ease Freedom from stiffness, coṅstraint, or formality; unaffectedness: as, ease of style; ease of manner.
    • ease To relieve or free from pain or bodily disquiet or annoyance; give rest or relief to; make comfortable.
    • ease To free from anxiety, care, or mental disturbance: as, the late news has eased my mind.
    • ease To release from pressure or tension; lessen or moderate the tension, tightness, weight, closeness, speed, etc., of, as by slacking, lifting slightly, shifting a little, etc.: sometimes with off: as, to ease a ship in a seaway by putting down the helm, or by throwing some cargo overboard; to ease a bar or a nut in machinery.
    • ease To relieve, as by the removal of a burden or an encumbrance; remove from, as a burden: with of before the thing removed: as, to ease a porter of his load.
    • ease To mitigate; alleviate; assuage; allay; abate or remove in part, as any burden, pain, grief, anxiety, or disturbance.
    • ease To render less difficult; facilitate.
    • ease Synonyms To quiet, calm, tranquilize, still, pacify.
    • ease To disburden, disencumber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ease ēz freedom from pain or disturbance: rest from work: quiet: freedom from difficulty: naturalness
    • v.t Ease to free from pain, trouble, or anxiety: to relieve: to calm
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  • Bill Copeland
    Bill Copeland
    “Try to be like the turtle -- at ease in your own shell”
  • Samuel Rutherford
    Samuel Rutherford
    “You will not be carried to Heaven lying at ease upon a feather bed.”
  • Dorothy Parker
    “Where's the man could ease a heart, like a satin gown?”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.”
  • Douglas Malloch
    Douglas Malloch
    “Good timber does not grow with ease. The stronger the wind the stronger the trees.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Trouble springs from idleness, and grievous toil from needless ease.”


Ill at ease - If someone is ill at ease, they are worried or uncomfortable.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ese, eise, F. aise,; akin to Pr. ais, aise, OIt. asio, It. agio,; of uncertain origin; cf. L. ansa, handle, occasion, opportunity. Cf. Agio Disease


In literature:

A tall, graceful young man came in, with an air of calm and ease that was in the slightest degree exaggerated.
"The Giant's Robe" by F. Anstey
His pleased senses, less alert for very ease and pleasure, denied him immediate knowledge of his whereabouts.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
It should ease her vastly as matter of money.
"Robin Tremayne" by Emily Sarah Holt
Nan and Phillis felt far more at their ease here than they had felt at the Paines'.
"Not Like Other Girls" by Rosa N. Carey
No woman whose household cares had not been eased by men, in the European fashion, knew what it was to live.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
He stood up squarely on his legs, eased by the plastering.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
Also she felt her father was embarrassed by her, and ill-at-ease.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
It would ease the pain in Pierre's stomach and give him strength.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Before a great chimney-piece of wood, two young people were standing, and were chatting very much at their ease.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
It will ease you off.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet

In poetry:

Twice can this be?
What! shall I hear it,
And not have spirit
To ease her pains?
"Rinaldo" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Give him soft words, O queen,
So win we ease."
Jezebel mocked him,
"Had Zimri peace?"
"Jezebel" by Ethel Clifford
"He measureth world's pleasure,
World's ease as Saints might measure;
For hire
Just love entire
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
Then go, go in! and leave us the sea,
For only so
Can peace release us and give us ease
Of our salty woe.
"A Sea-Ghost" by Cale Young Rice
What, my soul, was thy errand here?
Was it mirth or ease,
Or heaping up dust from year to year?
"Nay, none of these!"
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I plunge into the deepest seas,
In flames I, laughing, burn.
In roseate clouds I take my ease
Nor to the earth return.
"The Name" by Anna Hempstead Branch

In news:

New Jersey Bill Would Ease Marijuana Possession Penalties.
Voters have approved a measure to ease marijuana laws.
The Internal Revenue Service tried to ease things a bit last year by not fully taxing the unemployment benefits.
To help ease an excessive workload of local public defenders, Callaway County attorneys may be asked to provide free representation to indigent persons accused of minor crimes.
A great jazz organ trio can do that with ease.
A Chevrolet Tahoe takes curves and hills at ease at the Grattan Raceway in Belding, Michigan.
A nonprofit is trying to protect nature and ease poverty by limiting family size.
A foreign policy that stands for nothing but easing tensions is yielding some very tense results.
Digitizing your documents renders them exquisitely portable--you can store an entire library on your e-book reader with ease.
For more than 30 years, Hospice Maui has been committed to providing Maui residents in need with quality, compassionate care to help ease the physical, emotional and spiritual pain associated with terminal illness.
Hospice Maui cares for the island's terminally ill patients and their families, providing quality, compassionate care to help ease the physical, emotional and spiritual pain associated with illness.
Identify the ease with which you can get started with this business promotional tool.
APA's Education Directorate Supports Federal Legislation to Ease Graduate Student Loan Debt.
Rain fell most of the week over Escambia County — with more expected this weekend — but that was not enough to ease a drought, according to a new declaration made Friday.
Packaging system designed for affordability, ease of use in pharmacy settings.

In science:

For Nf = 1, the partition function is particularly simple, Z (µ) = Z dσdσ∗ [(σ + m)(σ∗ + m) − µ2 ]ne−n|σ|2 where we have set Σ = 1 for ease of notation.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
The assumption that the random variables are binary is just for ease of exposition.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
Proof: For ease of notation in the proof, I write G instead of GPl;hY ;:::;Yn i .
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
The ease with which pro jections can be implemented with the help of simple currents has also been used in applications of chiral CFT to the fractional quantum Hall effect .
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
The second density issue is eased by noting that the interstellar gas can be further susceptible to the thermal instability, as pointed in Parker & Jopikii (2000), followed by the gravitational instability.
The Effect of the Random Magnetic Field Component on the Parker Instability