relief [ri lēf′]
[ME releef < OFr relief < relever: see RELIEVE]
a) an easing, as of pain, discomfort, or anxiety
b) a lightening of a burden, as of taxation, oppression, etc.
2. anything that lessens tension or strain, or offers a pleasing change, as to the mind or eye
3. aid in the form of goods or money given, as by a government agency, to persons unable to support themselves
4. any aid given in times of need, danger, or disaster, as supplies sent into a flooded area
a) release from work or duty
b) the person or persons bringing such release by taking over a post
6. a payment made by the heir of a feudal vassal to the overlord on taking over an estate
7. [Fr < It relievo < rilevare, to raise: see RELIEVE] Archit. Sculpture
a) the projection of figures and forms from a flat surface, so that they stand wholly or partly free
b) a work of art so made
8. Law the assistance or redress sought by a complainant in a court, esp. a court of equity
9. Literature Drama
a) sharp contrast, as of ideas, actions, or events
b) comic scenes in a serious drama or film: in full comic relief
a) Painting the apparent solidity or projection of objects, obtained by modeling and gradation in color, etc.
b) distinctness of outline; contrast
11. Geol.
a) the differences in height, collectively, of land forms in any particular area
b) these differences as shown by lines, colors, raised areas, etc. on a map
12. Printing a method of printing in which the image is carried on raised surfaces; letterpress
Baseball designating a pitcher who replaces another during a game, esp. one who is regularly used in this way
designating a pitcher who replaces another during a game, esp. one who is regularly used in this way
in relief
carved or molded so as to project from a surface
on relief
receiving government aid because of poverty, unemployment, etc.

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