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. 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"
  3. sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
  4. a pause for relaxation; " people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
  5. the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged; " he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta"
  6. aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped; " he has been on relief for many years"
  7. ( law) redress awarded by a court; " was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The projection of a figure above the ground or plane on which it is formed.
  13. The appearance of projection given by shading, shadow, etc., to any figure.
  14. The height to which works are raised above the bottom of the ditch.
  15. The elevations and surface undulations of a country.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. A relieving; alleviation; aid; release.
  19. The projection of a figure from a surface.
  20. 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.

Usage examples for relief

  1. The boy breathed a sigh of relief. – The Boy With the U. S. Foresters by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  2. She heard him with relief. – Nan of Music Mountain by Frank H. Spearman
  3. Wharton drew a breath of relief. – Marcella by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  4. I'm sure it must be a relief to him. – Barbara in Brittany by E. A. Gillie
  5. It was a relief, in fact, to find that I was able to close the door without making a sound. – The Prairie Mother by Arthur Stringer
  6. Relief should have come long before; but no one came. – The Indian Drum by William MacHarg Edwin Balmer
  7. She added that it would be a relief when he was gone, for he would then be out of pain. – Love's Final Victory by Horatio
  8. Mr. Olstein drew a long breath of relief. – The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  9. Then it was a relief? – Ranching for Sylvia by Harold Bindloss
  10. Then, to their surprise and relief, he turned and went out of the gate! – The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
  11. " Let's have a bit of a relief," answered, Allerdyke suddenly. – The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation by J. S. Fletcher
  12. That is some relief. – Partners of the Out-Trail by Harold Bindloss
  13. Yet her relief was short- lived. – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  14. " O, then," he returned, in a tone of relief, " how could I? – The Seaboard Parish, Complete by George MacDonald
  15. I really thought it would be a relief to you to have him taken away from you for a little while just now, and I still think it is best; but not unless you consent. – The Melting of Molly by Maria Thompson Daviess
  16. They are weary of themselves and of each other, and expect to find relief in new companions. – Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson
  17. The return of Noel a few minutes later was a relief to them both. – The Keeper of the Door by Ethel M. Dell
  18. When this thought came to Cecile, she gave a sigh of relief. – The Children's Pilgrimage by L. T. Meade
  19. When I received it and put it on, for the first time, I felt instant relief, and knew then that it was going to do me good. – Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured by Chas. Cluthe & Sons
  20. Relief showed on his face. – The Lost Warship by Robert Moore Williams