Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • Free of anxiety; not stressed or tense.
  • in a relaxed position with the feet apart rather than at attention
  • Allowed to refrain from being in rigid formation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. free from pain, trouble, or anxiety.

Etymologies

Calque of the Old French a eise, from a ("at") + eise. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Another illustration of the same truth is given by the prophet Jeremiah, when he says, “Moab hath been at ease from his youth; and he hath settled on his lees; and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel; neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed” Jer. xlviii.

    GOD Will Make a Way

  • But being unable to eat or drink or rest until he was at ease on the matter, he determined, all piety and law and decorum to the contrary not-withstanding, to look upon the faces of Ashimullah's wives with his own eyes, and determine for himself to whom the crown of beauty belonged, and whether the brown or the black, or the golden or the ruddy, might most properly and truthfully lay claim to it.

    Frivolous Cupid

  • They laughed together, at ease with each other, while Nerva the Neuter, as Maecenas had named him, dozed gently.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • And yet, McIntyre looked thebigger man; at ease with his place in the spotlight, unfazed.

    Walls of Silence

  • I calmed them with an upraised hand and my best speech-day style, assuring them they had no cause for alarm, that Captain Brown presented his compliments and would be withdrawing from their delightful township presently, and that in the meantime they should remain at ease while I spoke to a waiter.

    Flashman and the angel of the lord

  • Capping the delight of Chinese TV audiences at Ms. Li's victory in Paris was the sight of the newly crowned champion answering questions posed by journalists in fluent English, clearly at ease in front of the cameras, witty, charming and flashing a high-wattage smile.

    Tennis Champion Marks New Era in China Sports

  • Even their ally the Aceribb appeared ill at ease with their arguing.

    Running from the Deity

  • T.W. immediately admired the way Captain Philips seemed to put Detective Barnes both at ease and at the ready.

    Unpretty

  • “But I take it our two guides have set your mind at ease that we will not commit some glaring faux pas and do not actually require nursemaids to help us survive our time here,” Holmes said evenly, sounding more amused than perturbed.

    O Jerusalem

  • They had dined at a wayside inn on jugged hare, roast beef, and Yorkshire pudding, clotted cream and haver (oaten) bread, and the careless stillness of physical well-being and of minds at ease needed no speech, but the mutual smiling nod of intimate sympathy.

    The Man Between: An International Romance

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