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.
Words nearby ease
Idioms for ease
Origin of ease
SYNONYMS FOR ease
OTHER WORDS FROM easeself-ease, nounself-eas·ing, adjectivewell-eased, adjective
synonym study for ease
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 forms of easeeaser, 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.