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1a feeling of reassurance and relaxation following release from anxiety or distress:much to her relief, she saw the door open a cause of or occasion for relief:it was a relief to find somewhere to stay the alleviation of pain, discomfort, or distress:tablets for the relief of pain a temporary break in a generally tense or tedious situation:the comic characters aren’t part of the plot but just light relief 2assistance, especially in the form of food, clothing, or money, given to those in special need or difficulty:raising money for famine relief [as modifier]:relief workers a remission of tax normally due:people who donate money to charity will receive tax relief
chiefly Law the redress of a hardship or grievance.
the action of raising the siege of a besieged town:the relief of Mafeking 3a person or group of people replacing others who have been on duty: [as modifier]:the relief nurse was late Baseball the role of a relief pitcher.
4the state of being clearly visible or obvious due to being accentuated in some way:the setting sun threw the snow-covered peaks into relief a method of molding, carving, or stamping in which the design stands out from the surface, to a greater ( high relief) or lesser ( bas-relief) extent. a piece of sculpture in relief. a representation of relief given by an arrangement of line or color or shading. Geography difference in height from the surrounding terrain; the amount of variation in elevation and slope in a particular area.
[via French from Italian rilievo, from rilevare 'raise', from Latin relevare]
1 Art carved, molded, or stamped so as to stand out from the surface. 2 Baseball acting as a replacement pitcher.