from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that comforts: the nurse as comforter of the sick.
- n. Christianity The Holy Spirit.
- n. A quilted bedcover.
- n. A narrow, long, typically woolen neck scarf.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who comforts someone who is suffering.
- n. A padded cover or quilt for a bed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who administers comfort or consolation.
- n. The Holy Spirit, -- referring to his office of comforting believers.
- n. A knit woolen tippet, long and narrow.
- n. A wadded bedquilt; a comfortable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who comforts or consoles; one who supports and strengthens the mind in distress, danger, or weakness.
- n. [capitalized] The Holy Spirit, whose office it is to comfort, strengthen, and support the Christian.
- n. A knitted or crocheted woolen scarf, long and narrow, for tying round the neck in cold weather.
- n. Same as comfortable.
- n. A boil: in allusion to those with which Job is supposed to have been afflicted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who reduces the intensity (e.g., of fears) and calms and pacifies
- n. bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
- n. device used for an infant to suck or bite on
- n. commiserates with someone who has had misfortune
I could be wrong about this, but I always thought the duvet was meant to slip inside of a cover, while the comforter is already decorative and is meant to be used as is.
This comforter is the Spirit of truth, whom you know, v. 16, 17.
If a comforter is used, cover it with an allergen-proof cover to keep the mites out.
I have new sheets and new pillows (my new comforter is back-ordered, but enroute) and I begin to understand Brian Wilson's point.
Mostly, I cling to blankets in the summertime because the comforter is hot, heavy, and a bear to wash if anything spills on it.
And the socialised home of the future, living, provident, kindly; educator and comforter; is the true and worthy home of those human mates who wish to better the species, and to send the race forward triumphant into the eternity of life!
She had insisted upon his learning his catechism, and attending church twice every Sunday, and she had knitted him a comforter, the material being that harsh and scrubby worsted which makes the word comforter a sound of derision.
The Spirit, as a comforter, is the earnest of our inheritance.
In my exhaustion, naivete, or hopefulness (or all three), I imagined the man in the comforter was a mentally ill relative who the man in jeans was trying to stop and help.
And then I find myself burrowing under what the English would call a duvet and the Americans would call a comforter.