Thursday, January 7, 2010

Jargon of the Week - Easing

Today's "Jargon of the Week" term is easing. defines easing as:
ease [eez]

1. freedom from labor, pain, or physical annoyance; tranquil rest; comfort: to enjoy one's ease.
2. freedom from concern, anxiety, or solicitude; a quiet state of mind: to be at ease about one's health.
3. freedom from difficulty or great effort; facility: It can be done with ease.
4. freedom from financial need; plenty: a life of ease on a moderate income.
5. freedom from stiffness, constraint, or formality; unaffectedness: ease of manner; the ease and elegance of her poetry.

–verb (used with object)
6. to free from anxiety or care: to ease one's mind.
7. to mitigate, lighten, or lessen: to ease pain.
8. to release from pressure, tension, or the like.
9. to move or shift with great care: to ease a car into a narrow parking space.
10. to render less difficult; facilitate: I'll help if it will ease your job.
11. to provide (an architectural member) with an easement.
12. Shipbuilding. to trim (a timber of a wooden hull) so as to fair its surface into the desired form of the hull.
13. Nautical.
a. to bring (the helm or rudder of a vessel) slowly amidships.
b. to bring the head of (a vessel) into the wind.
c. to slacken or lessen the hold upon (a rope).
d. to lessen the hold of (the brake of a windlass).

–verb (used without object)
14. to abate in severity, pressure, tension, etc. (often fol. by off or up).
15. to become less painful, burdensome, etc.
16. to move, shift, or be moved or be shifted with great care.

—Verb phrase
17. ease out, to remove from a position of authority, a job, or the like, esp. by methods intended to be tactful: He was eased out as division head to make way for the boss's nephew.

18. at ease. Military. a position of rest in which soldiers may relax but may not leave their places or talk.

1175–1225; (n.) ME ese, eise < AF ese, OF aise, eise comfort, convenience < VL *adjace(m), acc. of *adjacēs vicinity (cf. ML in aiace in (the) vicinity), the regular outcome of L adjacēns adjacent, taken in VL as a n. of the type nūbēs, acc. nūbem cloud; (v.) ME esen < AF e(i)ser, OF aisier, deriv. of the n.

According to Your Guide to Quilting, easing is:
"Working in extra fabric where two pieces do not align precisely, especially when sewing curves."

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