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 eased
The United States is now the only really powerful nation to have eased into stable democratic government from the ground up.
Slayman eased the young man—Matt, from Pennsylvania—out of the car and got him on his stumbling way.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos|Steve Miller|July 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Over time he can be eased out—as long as his Alawite people are protected in some kind of federal Syria.
I lifted her as high as I could midway up the slide and eased her down with a big, squeaky “wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee.”
Crippling economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and Europe were eased, allowing much needed capital to flow in.Myanmar’s Free Burma Rangers Are Like Doctors Without Borders…With Guns|James Griffiths|April 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Eased by the loss of her heavy mast, and steered by two of her best seamen, she again flew before the gale.The Phantom Ship|Frederick Marryat
Sometimes he stroked the heavy braid, gently ran his hands across the tired shoulders, or eased her into a different position.The Harvester|Gene Stratton Porter
Just then, her worst doubts were eased, for the moan came again and the leg in her arms stirred of its own accord.Joan of the Journal|Helen Diehl Olds
For perhaps an hour they rested and eased their stiffened muscles.The Golden Amazons of Venus|John Murray Reynolds
It was a "gratifyin' sort o' thing, and eased his mind" to be aware of its existence, and that was all.The English Novel|George Saintsbury
British Dictionary definitions for eased
- (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
Idioms and Phrases with eased
In addition to the idioms beginning with ease
- ease off
- ease out
- at ease
- ill at ease
Also see undereasilyeasy.