relief

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[ ri-leef ]
/ rɪˈlif /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. relic,
  2. relic area,
  3. relics,
  4. relict,
  5. reliction,
  6. relief map,
  7. relief pitcher,
  8. relief valve,
  9. reliefer,
  10. relier

Idioms

    on relief, receiving financial assistance from a municipal, state, or federal government because of poverty or need.

Origin of relief

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1300–50; Middle English relef < Old French relief, derivative of relever to raise; see relieve

Related formsre·lief·less, adjective

relief

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[ ri-leef ]
/ rɪˈlif /

noun

prominence, distinctness, or vividness due to contrast.
the projection of a figure or part from the ground or plane on which it is formed, as in sculpture or similar work.
a piece or work in such projection.
an apparent projection of parts in a painting, drawing, etc., giving the appearance of the third dimension.
Physical Geography. the differences in elevation and slope between the higher and lower parts of the land surface of a given area.
Also called relief printing. Printing. any printing process, as letterpress or flexography, in which the printing ink is transferred to paper or another printed surface from areas that are higher than the rest of the block.

Origin of relief

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1600–10; < French relief and Italian rilievo; see relief1

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British Dictionary definitions for relief

relief

/ (rɪˈliːf) /

noun

Word Origin for relief

C14: from Old French, from relever to raise up; see relieve

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