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From Old French relief (“assistance”), from Old French relever (“to relieve”), from Latin relevare (“to raise up, make light”). See also relieve.
relief (countable and uncountable, plural reliefs)
- The removal of stress or discomfort.
- I sighed with relief when I found out that my daughter hadn't got lost, but was waiting for me at home.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter V, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
- Although the Celebrity was almost impervious to sarcasm, he was now beginning to exhibit visible signs of uneasiness, […] . It was with a palpable relief that he heard the first warning notes of the figure.
- The feeling associated with the removal of stress or discomfort.
- 1907, Harold Bindloss, chapter 20, in The Dust of Conflict:
- Tony's face expressed relief, and Nettie sat silent for a moment until the vicar said “It was a generous impulse, but it may have been a momentary one, […] .”
- 2020 April 8, Philip Haigh, “Out of the current crisis we could see meaningful changes”, in Rail, page 56:
- DfT's action was greeted with great relief in many quarters.
- Release from a post or duty, as when replaced by another.
- The person who takes over a shift for another.
- Officer Schmidt can finally go home because his relief has arrived.
- 1963 February, “Motive Power Miscellany: London Midland Region”, in Modern Railways, page 136:
- At Leeds a relief crew was waiting—but without a relief locomotive; after some discussion, the new men offered to take on the A3. [...].
- Aid or assistance offered in time of need.
- (law) Court-ordered compensation, aid, or protection, a redress.
- A lowering of a tax through special provisions; tax relief.
- A certain fine or composition paid by the heir of a tenant upon the death of the ancestor.
- (removal of stress and discomfort): ease, alleviation, liss, respite
- (feeling of removal of stress and discomfort): ease, alleviation, liss
- (person who takes over a shift): stand-in, substitute, backup, fill-in
removal of stress or discomfort
feeling associated with removal of stress or discomfort
release from a post or duty, as when replaced by another
person who takes over a shift
humanitarian aid or assistance
aid or assistance offered in time of need
law: court-ordered compensation, aid, or protection, redress
reduction in tax
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
Translations to be checked: "exemption, liberation, exoneration, derogation"
From Italian rilievo, from rilevare (“to raise”), from Latin relevō (“to raise”).
relief (countable and uncountable, plural reliefs)
- A type of sculpture or other artwork in which shapes or figures protrude from a flat background.
- The apparent difference in elevation in the surface of a painting or drawing made noticeable by a variation in light or color.
- The difference of elevations on a surface.
- the relief on that part of the Earth's surface
- 1947 January and February, “A Winter's Day on the Tyneside”, in Railway Magazine, page 29, photo caption:
- The approach to Newcastle (Central) Station from the north after a heavy snowfall. The complicated track layout is thrown into clear relief by the snow [referring to dark rails poking through the snow]
- (heraldry) The supposed projection of a charge from the surface of a field, indicated by shading on the sinister and lower sides.
- (type of artwork): embossing
- (difference of elevations on a surface): texture, topography
type of artwork
apparent difference in elevation
difference of elevations on a surface
relief (comparative more relief, superlative most relief)
- (of a surface) Characterized by surface inequalities.
- Of or used in letterpress.
Inherited from Old French, from relever.
relief m (plural reliefs)
- projection, relief
- (geography, mineralogy) relief, surface elevation
- (figuratively) contrast, definition, offset (against something else)
- mettre en relief ― (please add an English translation of this usage example)
- (sculpture) relief
- “relief”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
Borrowed from French relief, from Old French relief, from relever, from Latin relevare.
relief m inan
Declension of relief
- relief in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
- relief in Polish dictionaries at PWN
relief n (plural reliefuri)
- relief (difference of elevations on the Earth's surface)
- a relief (type of artwork)
|Declension of relief|
- reliefkarta (“relief map”)
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