- In a relaxed position, especially standing silently at rest with the right foot stationary:
put the soldiers at ease while waiting for inspection.
- Used as a command for troops to assume a relaxed position.
- having no anxiety, pain, or discomfort
- to tactfully persuade (an employee, tenant, etc.) to leave
- to reduce the angle the rudder makes with the fore-and-aft line so that the vessel will turn more gradually
- to relax and be comfortable
Origin of Ease
From Middle English ese, eise (“ease”), from Anglo-Norman ese (“ease”), Old French aise, eise (“convenience, leisure, comfort”), of unknown origin. Earliest meaning was that of "empty space, elbow-room, opportunity". Conflicting forms in Romance point to an external, non-Latin origin . Probably from a Germanic or Celtic source. Compare Old English ēaþe (“easy”), Gothic (azēti, “ease, pleasure”), Gothic (azēts, “easy”), Breton eaz, ez (“easy”), Irish adhais (“easy, leisure”). See also eath.
Middle English ese from Old French aise elbowroom, physical comfort from Vulgar Latin adiacēs, adiac- adiac- alteration of Latin adiacēns, adiacent- present participle of adiacēre to lie near adjacent
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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