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
Examples from the Web for ease
Normality, domesticity, ease, in the blazing Arizona desert.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
As it stands, the deal will ease the travel ban and trade embargo, and make it easier for Americans to do business in Cuba.
She appears calmer, more at ease, since the last time I sat down with her in 2008.
Baugh hopped out and towed it a block away with practiced speed and ease.
If there is no obstacle, they would enjoy the ease that is shown to everyone else.Turkey Takes in ‘Terrorists’ from the Muslim Brotherhood|Thomas Seibert|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is by the alternate movement of these mandibles that the caterpillars devour the leaves with so much greediness and ease.The Insect World|Louis Figuier
However, I suspect that they were more welcome to us youngsters than to our mothers who never seemed quite at ease with them.Some Pioneers and Pilgrims on the Prairies of Dakota|John B. Reese
Cheapness of construction and ease of removing trellis material and using it again.American Grape Training|Liberty Hyde (L.H.) Bailey
He read these signs with the ease of an experienced mariner.The Triumph of John Kars|Ridgwell Cullum
The main bearing bosses were split at a 45 angle for ease of assembly.The Wright Brothers' Engines and Their Design|Leonard S. Hobbs.
- (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.