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
Related formsself-ease, nounself-eas·ing, adjectivewell-eased, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for ease off
- (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
Derived Formseaser, noun
Word Origin for ease
Idioms and Phrases with ease off (1 of 2)
Also, ease up. Lessen in severity, relax; abate. For example, I wish you'd ease off on Harold; he's doing the best he can, or The wind's eased up so I think the storm is just about over. [Late 1800s] Also see let up.
Fall away, gradually decrease, as in The market's easing off, so we may get some stocks more cheaply. [Late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with ease off (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with ease
- ease off
- ease out
- at ease
- ill at ease
Also see undereasilyeasy.