Definitions of relief

  1. the act of reducing something unpleasant ( as pain or annoyance); " he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
  2. sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
  3. a pause for relaxation; " people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
  4. the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged; " he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta"
  5. aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped; " he has been on relief for many years"
  6. ( law) redress awarded by a court; " was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"
  7. The act of relieving, or the state of being relieved; the removal, or partial removal, of any evil, or of anything oppressive or burdensome, by which some ease is obtained; succor; alleviation; comfort; ease; redress.
  8. Release from a post, or from the performance of duty, by the intervention of others, by discharge, or by relay; as, a relief of a sentry.
  9. That which removes or lessens evil, pain, discomfort, uneasiness, etc.; that which gives succor, aid, or comfort; also, the person who relieves from performance of duty by taking the place of another; a relay.
  10. A fine or composition which the heir of a deceased tenant paid to the lord for the privilege of taking up the estate, which, on strict feudal principles, had lapsed or fallen to the lord on the death of the tenant.
  11. The projection of a figure above the ground or plane on which it is formed.
  12. The appearance of projection given by shading, shadow, etc., to any figure.
  13. The height to which works are raised above the bottom of the ditch.
  14. The elevations and surface undulations of a country.
  15. Removal in whole or in part of pain, grief, want, etc.; the feeling caused by such removal; that which removes or lessens pain, grief, etc.; release from some post of duty; help given to the poor; fresh supplies of men, animals, food, etc., especially fresh troops, coming to take the place of those tired out or used up; the elevation of a sculptured design from a plane surface; as, the figures carved in relief on old furniture; in painting and drawing, the effect of standing out from the surface given to objects in the picture by shadows, etc.; in physical geography, the elevations and depressions of land surface.
  16. The removal of any evil: release from a post or duty: that which relieves or mitigates: aid: ( fine art) the projection of a sculptured design from its ground.
  17. A relieving; alleviation; aid; release.
  18. The projection of a figure from a surface.
  19. Alleviation of pain, grief, & c.; that which alleviates; release, as a sentinel, from his post; the one who takes his place; aid; redress; prominence in sculpture, beyond the ground or plane on which it is formed. See Relieve.