• WordNet 3.6
    • v pain cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed
    • v pain cause emotional anguish or make miserable "It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school"
    • n pain a somatic sensation of acute discomfort "as the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain"
    • n pain something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer","a bit of a bother","he's not a friend, he's an infliction"
    • n pain emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid "the pain of loneliness"
    • n pain a bothersome annoying person "that kid is a terrible pain"
    • n pain a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder "the patient developed severe pain and distension"
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"School Gives Me Pain All Over the Body" "School Gives Me Pain All Over the Body"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A headache and inflammatory pain can be reduced by eating 20 tart cherries
    • pain Any uneasy sensation in animal bodies, from slight uneasiness to extreme distress or torture, proceeding from a derangement of functions, disease, or injury by violence; bodily distress; bodily suffering; an ache; a smart. "The pain of Jesus Christ."
    • pain Punishment suffered or denounced; suffering or evil inflicted as a punishment for crime, or connected with the commission of a crime; penalty. "We will, by way of mulct or pain , lay it upon him.""Interpose, on pain of my displeasure.""None shall presume to fly, under pain of death."
    • pain See Pains, labor, effort.
    • pain Specifically, the throes or travail of childbirth. "She bowed herself and travailed, for her pains came upon her."
    • Pain To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish.
    • Pain To put to bodily uneasiness or anguish; to afflict with uneasy sensations of any degree of intensity; to torment; to torture; as, his dinner or his wound pained him; his stomach pained him. "Excess of cold, as well as heat, pains us."
    • Pain To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve; as, a child's faults pain his parents. "I am pained at my very heart."
    • pain Uneasiness of mind; mental distress; disquietude; anxiety; grief; solicitude; anguish. Also called mental pain. "In rapture as in pain ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Eating about twenty tart cherries a day could reduce inflammatory pain and headache pain
    • n pain Penalty; punishment suffered or denounced; suffering or evil inflicted as a punishment for a crime, or annexed to the commission of a crime.
    • n pain Uneasiness or distress of body or of mind; bodily or mental suffering. That property of sensations or states of consciousness which induces in the sentient being an effort or a desire to suppress or be rid of them: the opposite of pleasure. Pain may have any degree of intensity, from the least perceivable to a maximum at or about which consciousness is destroyed. It may be local or general, physical or mental, or both together. In many sensations, as those produced by burns, the prick of a pin, or a colic, the element of pain is so predominant that such sensations are distinctively called pains.
    • n pain Specifically — In the plural, the throes or distress of travail or childbirth.
    • n pain Uneasiness of mind; mental distress; disquietude; anxiety; solicitude; grief; sorrow.
    • n pain Labor; exertion; endeavor; especially, labor characterized by great care, or by assiduous attention to detail and a desire to secure the best results; care or trouble taken in doing something: used chiefly in the plural: as, to spare no pains to be accurate; to be at great pains or to take great pains in doing something. The form pains has been used by good writers as a singular, as in the quotation from Shakspere below.
    • n pain Trouble; difficulty.
    • n pain Synonyms Pain, Ache, Twinge. All the words expressing physical pain are applicable, by familiar and therefore not emphatic figure, to pain of mind. Pain is the general term; ache represents a continued local pain; it is often compounded with a word expressing the place, as headache, toothache. Twinge represents a sudden, momentary pain, as though one had been griped or wrung. See agony.
    • n pain Bitterness, heartache, affliction, woe, burden.
    • pain To inflict suffering upon as a penalty or punishment; torture; punish.
    • pain To trouble or annoy with physical or mental suffering. To render physically uneasy; inflict physical pain upon; distress.
    • pain To render uneasy in mind; trouble or annoy with mental suffering; distress; disquiet; grieve.
    • pain To cause to take pains; put to exertion: used reflexively.
    • pain To put to trouble or pains.
    • pain Synonyms To hurt, agonize, torment, torture, rack, excruciate.
    • pain To suffer; be afflicted with pain.
    • n pain Bread.
    • n pain An obsolete spelling of pane.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Willow bark, which provides the salicylic acid from which aspirin was originally synthesized, has been used as a pain remedy ever since the Greeks discovered its therapeutic power nearly 2,500 years ago.
    • n Pain pān suffering coming as the punishment of evil-doing: suffering either of body or mind: anguish: great care or trouble taken in doing anything:
    • v.t Pain to cause suffering to: to distress: to torment: to grieve
    • n Pain careful labour: diligence
    • n Pain pān (pl.) labour: care: trouble: the throes of childbirth
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  • Sting
    “I do my best work when I am in pain and turmoil.”
  • H. Ross Perot
    “Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “Liberty is a different kind of pain from prison.”
  • St. Augustine
    “The greatest evil is physical pain.”
  • Carl Jung
    “There is no coming to consciousness without pain.”
  • Toni Morrison
    Toni Morrison
    “When there is pain, there are no words. All pain is the same.”


Growing pains - If a business is going through some growing pains, it is experiencing the typical problems that arise when a company becomes stronger and bigger.
No pain, no gain - Achievements require some sort of sacrifice.
Pain in the neck - If someone is very annoying and always disturbing you, they are a pain in the neck. Pain in the butt, or pain in the ass (USA), and Pain in the arse (UK) are less polite alternative forms.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. peine, F. peine, fr. L. poena, penalty, punishment, torment, pain; akin to Gr. poinh` penalty. Cf. Penal Pine to languish, Punish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. peine—L. pœna, satisfaction—Gr. poinē, penalty.


In literature:

I have a splitting headache, and I'm just reading to keep my mind off the pain.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
And for a moment she stood there, clutching her breasts with her hands, so that she hurt them, giving pain for intolerable pain.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
A surprising angry pain transfixed his breast.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
The glare was painful to our eyes.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
The silence that followed was almost painful.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Nothing warned him that he stood on the threshold of pain.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
The sprained joint can be only moved with pain and difficulty.
"The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)" by Various
When consciousness returned the ship was at zero-G. Jason kept his eyes closed and let the pain seep out of his body.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Swallowing is extremely painful, the pain shooting up to the ears, and the patient has difficulty in taking nourishment.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
The endeavor to recall this past grew painful, and at length he returned to himself.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille

In poetry:

I went through the threefold vision
Of pain and sorrow and love,
And stood at last with the poet
In the paradise above.
"An Old Copy Of Dante" by Alexander Anderson
He rode afar into the west;
And when he came again,
"I fear," he said, "my own beloved,
My stay hath caused thee pain."
"A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
Thine altar is the sufferer's bed,
The home of woe and pain,
The soldier's turfy pillow, red
With battle's crimson rain.
"Hymn For The Fair At Chicago" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
This deep wound that bleeds and aches,
This long pain, a sleepless pain--
When the Father my spirit takes,
I shall feel it no more again.
"The Maiden's Sorrow" by William Cullen Bryant
Sleep and rest:
Sorrow shall not pain thy breast,
Pangs and pains that pierce the mortal
Cannot enter at the portal
Of the Mansion of the Blest:
Sleep and rest.
"Isabel" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
Unmuted still, our pain abides,
Part of the lyre that Sappho smote,
And in the songs Catullus wrote
Our rapture and our grief resides.
Unmuted still, our pain abides.
"Amor Hesternalis" by Clark Ashton Smith

In news:

Why do humans, unlike virtually all other mammals, experience so much pain in giving birth.
As the stomach gets bigger, it becomes painful and compresses other organs and large blood vessels.
Senate Democrats Wednesday blocked legislation limiting pain and suffering awards in medical malpractice lawsuits.
Sleepless, Bored and in Pain, a Patient Watched.
USA's "Royal Pains" Hits Montauk.
Glass doors make a bookcase, but doors that swing on hinges are a pain to install.
Glass doors make a bookcase , but doors that swing on hinges are a pain to install.
The Seattle Seahawks' running game became one of the best in the NFL during the second half of 2011 season despite injury, surgical repair and painful rehabilitation.
Psychologists have recently begun to develop reliable ways to assess pain in children with cognitive impairment, laying the groundwork for better pain-management practices.
Apparently, the kid in this video never got the memo about the pain and stupidity involved in acting like Frank Pain.
Lower back pain, neck strain and leg pain are often related to office ergonomics .
Neck Pain as Common as Back Pain.
Too many elderly people are needlessly suffering pain, a panel of pain experts said last week.
I am now pain-free , off all pain management medications and continue the exercise plan they created just for me.
DWYANE WADE HAMSTRING IS VIRTUALLY PAIN-FREE : According to Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, D-Wade is virtually pain-free .

In science:

This step is fast and pain-free from the viewpoint of the user.
The QCD and Standard Model Working Group: Summary Report from Les Houches
The results from ref. have been obtained using the non-perturbatively improved Wilson-like action, with a new method based on the Ward Identities , which save us from the painful subtractions of the wrong chirality operators, which was necessary in the past.
Kaon Physics from Lattice QCD
However, both in the paper and book we took pains to indicate that this was only a hypothesis and remains to be tested.
Comment on Book Review of `Quantum Evolution' (Johnjoe McFadden) by Mathew J. Donald
Commissioning has been a painful process, thanks to synchrotron radiation problems (better shielding is needed) and beam-gas interactions (requiring improved vacuum).
Summary and Highlights of the 14th Topical Conference on Hadron Collider Physics (HCP2002)
The only aspect which could prove a little painful is the design of the regular expressions.
OVAL: the CMS Testing Robot