Relief Re*lief" (r?-l?f"), n. [OE. relef, F. relief, properly, a lifting up, a standing out. See {Relieve}, and cf. {Basrelief}, {Rilievi}.] 1. The act of relieving, or the state of being relieved; the removal, or partial removal, of any evil, or of anything oppressive or burdensome, by which some ease is obtained; succor; alleviation; comfort; ease; redress. [1913 Webster]

He sees the dire contagion spread so fast, That, where it seizes, all relief is vain. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Release from a post, or from the performance of duty, by the intervention of others, by discharge, or by relay; as, a relief of a sentry. [1913 Webster]

For this relief much thanks; 'tis bitter cold. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. That which removes or lessens evil, pain, discomfort, uneasiness, etc.; that which gives succor, aid, or comfort; also, the person who relieves from performance of duty by taking the place of another; a relay. [1913 Webster]

4. (Feudal Law) A fine or composition which the heir of a deceased tenant paid to the lord for the privilege of taking up the estate, which, on strict feudal principles, had lapsed or fallen to the lord on the death of the tenant. [1913 Webster]

5. (Sculp. & Arch.) The projection of a figure above the ground or plane on which it is formed. [1913 Webster]

Note: Relief is of three kinds, namely, {high relief} ({altorilievo}), {low relief}, ({basso-rilievo}), and {demirelief} ({mezzo-rilievo}). See these terms in the Vocabulary. [1913 Webster]

6. (Paint.) The appearance of projection given by shading, shadow, etc., to any figure. [1913 Webster]

7. (Fort.) The height to which works are raised above the bottom of the ditch. --Wilhelm. [1913 Webster]

8. (Physical Geog.) The elevations and surface undulations of a country. --Guyot. [1913 Webster]

{Relief valve}, a valve arranged for relieving pressure of steam, gas, or liquid; an escape valve. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Alleviation; mitigation; aid; help; succor; assistance; remedy; redress; indemnification. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Basso-rilievo — Bas so ri*lie vo, Basso relievo Bas so re*lie vo, n. [It. basso rilievo.] Same as {Bas relief}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Basso riliēvo — (ital.), so v.w. Basrelief …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • basso-rilievo — [bäs′sō̂ rē lye′vō̂] n. pl. bassi rilievi [bäs′sē rē lye′vē] 〚It〛 BAS RELIEF * * * …   Universalium

  • basso-rilievo — [bäs′sō̂ rē lye′vō̂] n. pl. bassi rilievi [bäs′sē rē lye′vē] [It] BAS RELIEF …   English World dictionary

  • basso-rilievo — Bas relief Bas re*lief , n. [F. bas relief; bas low + relief raised work, relever to raise: cf. It. bassorilievo.] Low relief; sculpture, the figures of which project less than half of their true proportions; called also {bass relief} and {basso… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • basso rilievo — noun a sculptural relief in which forms extend only slightly from the background; no figures are undercut • Syn: ↑bas relief, ↑low relief, ↑basso relievo • Ant: ↑high relief (for: ↑low relief) …   Useful english dictionary

  • basso-rilievo — /ˌbæsoʊ rəˈlivoʊ/ (say .basoh ruh leevoh) noun (plural basso rilievos) → bas relief. Also, basso relievo. {Italian: low relief} …  

  • basso-rilievo — noun see basso relievo …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • basso-rilievo — n. (pl. os) = BAS RELIEF. Etymology: It. * * * noun see basso relievo …   Useful english dictionary

  • basso-rilievo — bas·so ri·lie·vo …   English syllables

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