prominence, distinctness, or vividness due to contrast.
the projection of a figure or part from the ground or plane on which it is formed, as in sculpture or similar work.
a piece or work in such projection.
an apparent projection of parts in a painting, drawing, etc., giving the appearance of the third dimension.
Physical Geography. the differences in elevation and slope between the higher and lower parts of the land surface of a given area.
Also called relief printing. Printing. any printing process, as letterpress or flexography, in which the printing ink is transferred to paper or another printed surface from areas that are higher than the rest of the block.
a feeling of cheerfulness or optimism that follows the removal of anxiety, pain, or distress: I breathed a sigh of relief
deliverance from or alleviation of anxiety, pain, distress, etc

help or assistance, as to the poor, needy, or distressed
(as modifier): relief work

short for tax relief
something that affords a diversion from monotony
a person who replaces or relieves another at some task or duty
a bus, shuttle plane, etc, that carries additional passengers when a scheduled service is full
a road (relief road) carrying traffic round an urban area; bypass

the act of freeing a beleaguered town, fortress, etc: the relief of Mafeking
(as modifier): a relief column

(sculpture, architect) Also called relievo, rilievo

the projection of forms or figures from a flat ground, so that they are partly or wholly free of it
a piece of work of this kind

a printing process, such as engraving, letterpress, etc, that employs raised surfaces from which ink is transferred to the paper
any vivid effect resulting from contrast: comic relief
variation in altitude in an area; difference between highest and lowest level: a region of low relief
(mechanical engineering) the removal of the surface material of a bearing area to allow the access of lubricating fluid
(law) redress of a grievance or hardship: to seek relief through the courts
(European history) a succession of payments made by an heir to a fief to his lord: the size of the relief was determined by the lord within bounds set by custom
(US & Canadian) on relief, (of a person) in receipt of government aid because of personal need


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