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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun relief:

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Definition of the noun relief

What does relief mean as a name of something?

Relief is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: reliefs

  1. the feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced
    • example: as he heard the news he was suddenly flooded with relief
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonyms of relief: alleviation / assuagement
    • more generic word: comfort = a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment
  2. the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)
    • example: he enjoyed his relief from responsibility
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of relief: ease
    • more generic words: comfort / comfortableness = a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain
    • more specific words: reprieve / respite = a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
  3. (law) redress awarded by a court
  4. someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
  5. assistance in time of difficulty
    • example: the contributions provided some relief for the victims
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of relief: ministration / succor / succour
    • more generic words: aid / assist / assistance / help = the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
    • more specific words:
  6. a pause for relaxation
  7. a change for the better
  8. aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped
    • example: he has been on relief for many years
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic terms: public assistance / social welfare / welfare = governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need
  9. the act of reducing something unpleasant (as pain or annoyance)
  10. sculpture consisting of shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the surrounding background
  11. the act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged
    • example: he asked for troops for the relief of Atlanta
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: freeing / liberation / release = the act of liberating someone or something

Specialised definition of the noun relief

Glossary of sports / golf

the option of moving one's ball because a player is obstructed from making a normal stroke at it, e.g. if it is next to a staked tree (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


  1. RELIEF: Lightship No. 83, also known as Swiftsure, is a lightship launched in Camden, New Jersey, in 1904 and now moored in Seattle, Washington. She steamed around the tip of South America to her first station at Blunts Reef in California, where she saved 150 people when their ship ran aground in dense fog. Formerly known as Relief, Number 83 had numerous names on her sides, all of which indicated the location of her station. Swiftsure refers to the Swiftsure Bank near the entrance to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, which separates Washington from Vancouver Island. She also guided ships near Umatilla Reef and the Columbia River Bar.
    • also known as "Blunts", Lightship No. 83, "San Fransisco", Swiftsure
    • part of Kirkland, Washington
  2. Relief is an unincorporated community in Morgan County, Kentucky, United States. It lies along Route 172 east of the city of West Liberty, the county seat of Morgan County. Its elevation is 732 feet.
  3. Relief a.k.a. Relief, California: Relief is an unincorporated community in Nevada County, California. Relief is located 3.25 miles west of Washington, on the South Yuba River, 2.5 miles above North Bloomfield. It lies at an elevation of 3,947 feet.
  4. RELIEF a.k.a. Lightship No. 114 was a historic lightship at the State Pier in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

There are other places with in their name, like IOOF Relief Home and Relief Lightship Wal-605.


Relief is a record label.


  1. "Relief" is the debut studio album by American rapper Mike Stud. The title was announced via Ustream on February 14, 2013, and was released on May 13, 2013 Relief chronicles Stud’s journey from his years as an All American pitcher at Duke, to his side-lining and ultimate career-ending injury, his rise as a rapper and the everyday struggles that one faces during the come up.
  2. "Relief" is a musical album of üNN.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  3. "Relief" is a musical album of Agents of Abhorrence.
    • released on
  4. "Relief" is a musical album of Kevin Drumm.
    • released in
  5. "Relief" is a musical album of Vacationer.
    • released on
  6. "Relief" is a musical EP of Dub Taylor.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  7. "Relief" is a musical album of Andreas Paolo Perger.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  8. "Relief" is a musical album of My Iron Lung.
    • released on
  9. "Relief" is a musical album of Magenta Skycode.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  10. "Relief" is a musical single of Coastal Cities.
    • released on
  11. "Relief" is a composition, cataloged instance.


"Relief" is a film, directed by Calum Walter.


  1. Relief, or relievo rilievo, is a sculptural technique. The term relief is from the Latin verb relevo, to raise. To create a sculpture in relief is to give the impression that the sculpted material has been raised above the background plane. What is actually performed when a relief is cut in from a flat surface of stone or wood is a lowering of the field, leaving the unsculpted parts seemingly raised. The technique involves considerable chiselling away of the background, which is a time-consuming exercise with little artistic effect if the lowered background is left plain, as is often the case. On the other hand, a relief saves forming the rear of a subject, and is less fragile and more securely fixed than a sculpture in the round, especially one of a standing figure where the ankles are a potential weak point, especially in stone. In other materials such as metal, clay, plaster stucco, ceramics or papier-mache the form can be just added to or raised up from the background, and monumental bronze reliefs are made by casting.
    • also known as النحت البارز
  2. Relief is a feature selection algorithm used in binary classification proposed by Kira and Rendell in 1992. Its strengths are that it is not dependent on heuristics, requires only linear time in the number of given features and training instances, and is noise-tolerant and robust to feature interactions, as well as being applicable for binary or continuous data; however, it does not discriminate between redundant features, and low numbers of training instances fool the algorithm. Kononenko et al. proposed some updates to the algorithm in order to improve the reliability of the probability approximation, make it robust to incomplete data, and generalising it to multi-class problems.
  3. Relief is an emotion and the opposite of distress - when the negative feelings associated with pain, anxiety or oppression have been removed.
  4. Relief, or profile, refers to the amount of curvature in the fingerboard of a guitar or other similar stringed instrument. When the strings of a guitar vibrate, they vibrate in an elliptical shape. Thus, providing the best possible action requires that the guitar fingerboard have a slight curve to allow the strings to vibrate freely. Incorrect relief may cause fret buzz.
  5. RelieF, formerly known as Panorama, is a public affairs newsmagazine series in Canada, airing nightly in Ontario on TFO, the Franco-Ontarian public television network.

Phrases with Relief

Phrases starting with the word Relief:

  1. relief map
  2. relief valve
  3. Relief Agency
  4. Relief Worker
  5. relief pitcher
  6. relief printing

Phrases ending with the word Relief:

  1. bas relief
  2. low relief
  3. half-relief
  4. high relief
  5. comic relief
  6. Sigh of Relief
  7. Corollary relief
  8. sculptural relief
  9. Breathe a Sigh of Relief

Other phrase containing the word Relief:

  1. Hydrostatic Pressure Relief System

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Relief

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Google previewApplications of Cryogenic Technology (1991)

by J. Patrick Kelley

The first relief is an Anderson Greenwood model # 81-B68-8 safety relief valve. This valve has an...

Google previewUnfair Dismissal Law Fourth Edition (2014)

by John M. Wright

Interim relief is a valuable remedy for an employee who has been unfairly dismissed for the reason or principal...

Google previewSweet Relief from the Everyday Narcissist (2012)

by Melissa Schenker, Tina Moody

Sweet Relief is the book that shows how to put your feelings first, take charge of your emotional health, and make room for positive growth and emotional success in your life.

Google previewIMF Survey No 16 Year 2000 (2000)

by International Monetary Fund

KOHLER: First, debt relief is an important element. The promises that have been made, not least at the ...

Google previewSmall Animal Therapeutics (2013)

by R. J. Martin

Small animals suffer pain: its relief is the responsibility of the veterinary surgeon but analgesics are not used frequently enough in practice. There are several reasons for this: firstly, opiate analgesics are subject to Controlled Drugs regulations ...

Google previewHomemade Soda (2011)

200 Recipes for Making & Using Fruit Sodas & Fizzy Juices, Sparkling Waters, Root Beers & Cola Brews, Herbal & Healing Waters, Sparkling Teas & Coffees, Shrubs & Switchels, Cream Sodas & Floats, & Other Carbonated Concoctions by Andrew Schloss

joint juice Joint pain, regardless of its origin — injury, tendonitis, or arthritis — is caused by inflammation, and its relief is a question of reducing swelling throughout the body, specifically in affected joints. Turmeric has long been used in ...

Google previewLand and Disaster Management Strategies in Asia (2014)

by Huong Ha

In response to this, there comes need to prepare, support and rebuild society when disaster occur and this depends on social, economic and local condition in disaster region because disaster relief is a matter of locality ...

Google previewAcute and Chronic Complications of Diabetes, An Issue of Endocrinology and Metabolism Clinics, (2013)

by Leonid Poretsky, Eliana Pauline Liao

Another spinal cord target for pain relief is the excitatory glutaminergic N-methyl-D- aspartate ...

Google previewTaking Tax Out of Politics (1995)

Seven Maxims for Tax Policy in the 1990s by Douglas Chalmers Hague, Geoff Mulgan

Mortgage relief is the biggest of these abatements. Whilst substantially reduced,it still costs some 2p on the standard rate of income tax. Though well intentioned, mortgage relief has diverted investment from industry and led to Britain having ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1997)

Volume 61 - Vacuum System Design to Velocity: Terminal in Setting: Estimation by John J. McKetta Jr

Safety relief valves serve a valuable function in protecting against overpressure of pipework and process equipment. This may occur due to operational malfunction, such as equipment failure, fire, or human error. Proper sizing of a relief ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

Compare relief. kore A female draped statue found in Archaic Greek art as a votive offering or placed on a grave. Similar male statues are called kouros. kouros An ancient Greek male statue, usually nude, placed on graves or as votive ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the IMF (2000)

by Norman K. Humphreys

Meetings of the Club are usually called on the initiative of the debtor country in order to bring all its creditors together at one meeting to discuss possibilities of a multilateral debt relief, instead of bilateral negotiations with each creditor.

Google previewThe British encyclopedia, or, Dictionary of arts and sciences (1809)

by William Nicholson

The great increase of the sum thus levied upon the public, and its present magnitude, naturally suggest a doulit whether the established claim to this kind of relief may not have become, in many instances, the de- pendance of idleness, instead ...

Google previewThe Catholic Encyclopedia (1913)

An International Work of Reference on the Constitution, Doctrine, Discipline, and History of the Catholic Church by Charles George Herbermann

for hollow relief; Fr., reliej-en-creux) is a method of concave sculpture in which the highest part or outline is on a level with the surface, while the roundness is considerably below it. Cavo-rilievo was practised chiefly by the Egyptians whose ...

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Small photo of Ancient Egyptian reliefs in the Hatsepsut Temple in Thebes, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relief located outside, at the temple.Small photo of Ancient Egyptian reliefs in the Hatsepsut Temple in Thebes, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Relief located outside, at the temple.Small photo of Embossed decorative plaster.Svetlaya relief surface.Relief.Small photo of Quito, Ecuador - April,17, 2016: Unidentified people in Quito providing disaster relief food, clothes, medicine and water for earthquake survivors in the coastSmall photo of Adult bearded guy wiping his forehead with hand making phew gesture, expressing relief while standing against gray wall. Man feels happy that he prevented huge disaster. It was close enoughSmall photo of Dragon head reliefSmall photo of Thinking on Tax Relief, personal finance conceptual More...

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Quotes about Relief

Food entering mouth is a relish;
Its exit from anus is a relief.
Mating is relish; orgasm is relief.
Relief is the peak of the pleasure.
26.06.2005 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of R1E1L1I1E1F4

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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