from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To soothe in time of affliction or distress.
- transitive v. To ease physically; relieve.
- n. A condition or feeling of pleasurable ease, well-being, and contentment.
- n. Solace in time of grief or fear.
- n. Help; assistance: gave comfort to the enemy.
- n. One that brings or provides comfort.
- n. The capacity to give physical ease and well-being: enjoying the comfort of my favorite chair.
- n. Chiefly Southern & Lower Northern U.S. A quilted bedcover; a comforter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Contentment, ease.
- n. A consolation; something relieving suffering or worry.
- n. A cause of relief or satisfaction.
- v. : To provide comfort to or relieve suffering.
- v. To make the physical circumstances comfortable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make strong; to invigorate; to fortify; to corroborate.
- transitive v. To assist or help; to aid.
- transitive v. To impart strength and hope to; to encourage; to relieve; to console; to cheer.
- n. Assistance; relief; support.
- n. Encouragement; solace; consolation in trouble; also, that which affords consolation.
- n. A state of quiet enjoyment; freedom from pain, want, or anxiety; also, whatever contributes to such a condition.
- n. A wadded bedquilt; a comfortable.
- n. Unlawful support, countenance, or encouragement.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To give or add strength to; strengthen; fortify; invigorate; corroborate.
- To soothe when in grief or trouble; bring solace or consolation to; console; cheer; solace.
- To relieve, assist, harbor, or encourage: in law, used especially of the conduct of an accessory to a crime after the fact.
- n. Strength; support; assistance; countenance; encouragement: now only a legal use: as, an accessory affords aid or comfort to a felon.
- n. Relief in affliction, sorrow, or trouble of any kind; support; solace; consolation: as, to bring comfort to the afflicted.
- n. A state of tranquil or moderate enjoyment, resulting from the satisfaction of bodily wants and freedom from care or anxiety; a feeling or state of well-being, satisfaction, or content.
- n. That which gives or produces the feeling of welfare and satisfaction; that which furnishes moderate enjoyment or content.
- n. Same as comfortable.
- n. Synonyms Comfort, Consolation, Solace, relief, succor, ease, help. Comfort has a range of meaning not shared by the others, approaching that of pleasure, but of the quiet, durable, satisfying, heart-felt sort, meeting the needs most felt; as contrasted with consolation, it ordinarily applies to smaller or less known griefs, and is more positive and tender, and less formal. As contrasted with solace, comfort and consolation may or may not proceed from a person, while solace is got from things. Comfort may be merely physical; consolation and solace are spiritual.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a feeling of freedom from worry or disappointment
- n. the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction
- v. lessen pain or discomfort; alleviate
- n. a freedom from financial difficulty that promotes a comfortable state
- n. assistance, such as that provided to an enemy or to a known criminal
- n. satisfaction or physical well-being provided by a person or thing
- v. give moral or emotional strength to
- n. a state of being relaxed and feeling no pain
- n. bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
"For instance -- treason is giving aid and comfort to the enemy; everybody south of a certain geographical line is an enemy; you live south of that line, ergo you are an enemy; I send you my love, you being an enemy; this gives you _comfort_; ergo, I have given comfort to the enemy; ergo, I am
The term "comfort food" becomes an all-too-real substitute for love.
The bus, as one earlier commenter noted, takes abut 5 hours; and the difference in comfort is enormous.
The term comfort food refers to a variety of familiar, simple foods that are usually home-cooked or eaten at informal restaurants.
Plus, the term comfort food may conjure up images of cookies, chips, mashed potatoes.
Although he averaged just 10 in the tournament and got a duck in the "battle of the trolls" game against a UAE team captained by the magnificent Sultan Zarawani, Clarke remains a beacon of hope to all those of us who have reached an age when the term comfort-fit is the highest recommendation trousers can come with.
The word "comfort" carries a burdensome meaning for me.
At Egg, the word "comfort" isn't taken lightly, and diners who want a taste of the South done authentically and simply know to come, and keep coming back here.
Mills offers Media Week, the 26-year old weekly trade paper that Haymarket took online only in January 2010, as an example of how a brand can survive without what he calls the "comfort of a print title" in an online and event-led era.
But lest aficionados get too carried away with fine distinctions, local guide Phan Quoc Vinh reminds, "This is what you call our comfort food, something we enjoy since we are babies."