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from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that provides relief.
  • n. Baseball A relief pitcher.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A relief pitcher.
  • n. Someone who fills in for another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, relieves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which relieves or gives relief.
  • n. In gunnery, an iron ring fixed to a handle by means of a socket, which serves to disengage the searcher of a gun when one of its points is retained in a hole.
  • n. A garment kept for being lent out.
  • n. In mech.: A release; a device for releasing some part of a mechanism at a certain time or position.
  • n. A device, such as a spring or elastic substance, for preventing shocks on a machine or part.

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

  • n. a pitcher who does not start the game
  • n. someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
  • n. a person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies

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