Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Ease of heart; peace or tranquillity of mind or feeling.
  • n. A species of violet (Viola tricolor), a common and long cultivated European herb from which most common garden pansies are derived; -- called also pansy.
  • n. A violet of the Pacific coast of North America (Viola ocellata) having white petals tinged with yellow and deep violet.
  • n. A common Old World viola (Viola arvensis) with creamy often violet-tinged flowers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Ease of heart; tranquillity of mind. Also heart-ease.
  • n. In botany: A popular and poetic name of plants of the genus Viola, especially V. tricolor, the pansy, and V. lutea, the common yellow violet of Europe. See pansy and violet.
  • n. In some parts of the United States, the common persicary, peachwort, lady's-thumb, or smartweed, Polygonum Persicaria.
  • n. In Australia, a small scrophulariaceous plant, Gratiola pedunculata.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a common and long cultivated European herb from which most common garden pansies are derived
  • n. common Old World viola with creamy often violet-tinged flowers
  • n. the absence of mental stress or anxiety
  • n. violet of Pacific coast of North America having white petals tinged with yellow and deep violet

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Examples

  • There was an obvious change in Miss Helstone: all about her seemed elastic; depression, fear, forlornness, were withdrawn: no longer crushed, and saddened, and slow, and drooping, she looked like one who had tasted the cordial of heart's-ease, and been lifted on the wing of hope.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • They had found the "herb heart's-ease" in the bleakest spot of all New England.

    Short Story Writing A Practical Treatise on the Art of The Short Story

  • Crossing a rustic bridge, we pass through a garden (for it is no less, though man has had no spade in it) of pinks, marigolds, cyclamens, and heart's-ease, &c. &c.; the moist meadow land below is

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 56, No. 345, July, 1844

  • The time-honored custom of our metropolis has made it a point of peculiar radiance; a halcyon period, when heart's-ease would seem to be the general feeling, and smiles the social insignia.

    The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, January 1844 Volume 23, Number 1

  • In the grass, everywhere, were thousands and millions of primroses, heart's-ease, and morning-glories; all crowded together, so

    The Primrose Ring

  • The exotic cactus, with its gorgeous blossoms of scarlet, flourished where the sun shone hottest; and there were beds of heart's-ease, forget-me-nots, single pinks and carnations, creeping ice-plant and the delicate sensitive plant, shrubs of crêpe myrtle and althea, with rows of holly-hocks

    My beloved South,

  • If ever we do return to those fields of defeat we ought to pluck a little heart's-ease or bring back a lily with us, that we may testify that where sin abounded "grace doth much more abound."

    Things That Matter Most: Devotional Papers

  • We go back and dig it up again when the Lord Himself has buried it, and when over its grave He has planted fair heart's-ease and lilies of peace.

    Things That Matter Most: Devotional Papers

  • But the Good Samaritans on the Carpathia gave many women heart's-ease.

    Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters

  • All good things come to those who can wait in sweet tranquillity for them, and seldom does Fortune fail to bring love and heart's-ease upon the changeful stream of changeful days to those who trust her for them.

    The Man Between: An International Romance

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