Definitions for: Relief

[n] assistance in time of difficulty; "the contributions provided some relief for the victims"
[n] the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance); "he asked the nurse for relief from the constant pain"
[n] the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged; "he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta"
[n] aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped; "he has been on relief for many years"
[n] sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
[n] a change for the better
[n] the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced; "as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief"
[n] someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult); "the star had a stand-in for dangerous scenes"; "we need extra employees for summer fill-ins"
[n] (law) redress awarded by a court; "was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"
[n] 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] a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"

Webster (1913) Definition: Re*lief" (r?-l?f"), n. [OE. relef, F. relief, properly,
a lifting up, a standing out. See Relieve, and cf.
Basrelief, Rilievi.]
1. 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.

He sees the dire contagion spread so fast, That,
where it seizes, all relief is vain. --Dryden.

2. 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.

For this relief much thanks; 'tis bitter cold.

3. 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.

4. (Feudal Law) 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

5. (Sculp. & Arch.) The projection of a figure above the
ground or plane on which it is formed.

Note: Relief is of three kinds, namely, high relief
(altorilievo), low relief, (basso-rilievo), and
demirelief (mezzo-rilievo). See these terms in the

6. (Paint.) The appearance of projection given by shading,
shadow, etc., to any figure.

7. (Fort.) The height to which works are raised above the
bottom of the ditch. --Wilhelm.

8. (Physical Geog.) The elevations and surface undulations of
a country. --Guyot.

Relief valve, a valve arranged for relieving pressure of
steam, gas, or liquid; an escape valve.

Syn: Alleviation; mitigation; aid; help; succor; assistance;
remedy; redress; indemnification.

Synonyms: alleviation, alleviation, assuagement, backup, backup man, ease, easement, easing, easing, embossment, fill-in, ministration, moderation, reliever, relievo, respite, rest, rest period, rilievo, sculptural relief, stand-in, substitute, succor, succour

See Also: aid, alteration, alternate, alto relievo, alto rilievo, amends, assist, assistance, bas relief, basso relievo, basso rilievo, break, breath, breath of fresh air, breather, breathing place, breathing space, breathing spell, breathing time, change, comfort, comfort, comfort, comfortableness, compeer, consolation, damages, decrease, detente, diminution, disembarrassment, double, equal, freeing, half-relief, help, high relief, indemnification, indemnity, intermission, interruption, liberalisation, liberalization, liberation, locum, locum tenens, low relief, match, mercy, mezzo-relievo, mezzo-rilievo, modification, palliation, pause, peer, redress, reduction, relaxation, release, replacement, reprieve, respite, restitution, sculpture, social welfare, solace, spasmolysis, step-down, stunt man, stunt woman, surrogate, suspension, welfare

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