Ease(z), v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Eased (zd); p. pr. & vb. n. Easing.] [OE. esen, eisen, OF. aisier. See Ease, n.] 1. 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 offMilton.
These troublesome disguises which we wear.
Sing, and I 'll ease thy shoulders of thy load.Dryden.
2. To render less painful or oppressive; to mitigate; to alleviate.
My couch shall ease my complaint.Job vii. 13.
3. 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.
4. To entertain; to furnish with accommodations.
To ease off, To ease away (Naut.), to slacken a rope gradually. -- To ease a ship (Naut.), to put the helm hard, or regulate the sail, to prevent pitching when closehauled. -- To ease the helm (Naut.), to put the helm more nearly amidships, to lessen the effect on the ship, or the strain on the wheel rope. Ham. Nav. Encyc.
Syn. -- To relieve; disburden; quiet; calm; tranquilize; assuage; alleviate; allay; mitigate; appease; pacify.
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