verb (used with object), eased, eas·ing.
- to bring (the helm or rudder of a vessel) slowly amidships.
- to bring the head of (a vessel) into the wind.
- to slacken or lessen the hold upon (a rope).
- to lessen the hold of (the brake of a windlass).
verb (used without object), eased, eas·ing.
Origin of ease
Synonyms for ease
Antonyms for ease
Related Words for easecontent, calm, comfort, satisfaction, calmness, luxury, relaxation, serenity, simplicity, nonchalance, composure, quickness, dexterity, familiarity, poise, efficiency, flexibility, aplomb, fluency, mitigate
Examples from the Web for ease
Contemporary Examples of ease
Normality, domesticity, ease, in the blazing Arizona desert.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
As it stands, the deal will ease the travel ban and trade embargo, and make it easier for Americans to do business in Cuba.Cuba Is A Kleptocracy, Not Communist
December 19, 2014
She appears calmer, more at ease, since the last time I sat down with her in 2008.Annie Lennox Doesn’t Give a Damn What You Think
October 21, 2014
Baugh hopped out and towed it a block away with practiced speed and ease.The President and the Tow Truck Driver
September 25, 2014
If there is no obstacle, they would enjoy the ease that is shown to everyone else.Turkey Takes in ‘Terrorists’ from the Muslim Brotherhood
September 19, 2014
Historical Examples of ease
"He said he was poor," urged Billy, who had been rather taken with the ease of Arledge's manner.
Might it not be well to ease up a little after he's out there?
The gentlemen were smoking, and some of the ladies were trying to look at ease with cigarettes.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
But, if it be to ease her heart, and not to dispute my will, you may hear her out.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
And for them—and so for us—this is no time of ease or of rest.
- (of a standing soldier, etc) in a relaxed position with the feet apart and hands linked behind the back
- a command to adopt such a position
- in a relaxed attitude or frame of mind
Word Origin for ease
early 13c., from Old French aise "comfort, pleasure, well-being; opportunity," of unknown origin, despite attempts to link it to various Latin verbs.
The earliest senses in French appear to be 1. "elbow-room" (from an 11th century Hebrew-French glossary) and 2. "opportunity." This led Sophus Bugge to suggest an origin in Vulgar Latin asa, a shortened form of Latin ansa "handle," which could be used in the figurative sense of "opportunity, occasion," as well as being a possible synonym for "elbow," because Latin ansatus "furnished with handles" also was used to mean "having the arms akimbo." OED editors report this theory, and write, "This is not very satisfactory, but it does not appear that any equally plausible alternative has yet been proposed."
c.1300, "to help, assist," see ease (n.). Meaning "to give ease" is from mid-14c.; the sense of "to relax one's efforts" is from 1863. Farmer reports ease in a slang sense of "to content a woman" sexually, with an 1861 date. Related: Eased; easing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with ease
- ease off
- ease out
- at ease
- ill at ease
Also see undereasilyeasy.