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Main Entry: re·lief
Pronunciation: ri-primarystresslemacronf
Function: noun
1 a : removal or lightening of something painful, troubling, burdensome, or dangerous b : WELFARE 2a c : military assistance to a post or force in extreme danger d : a means of breaking boredom : DIVERSION <a quick swim was a welcome relief from the job>
2 : release from duty
3 : one that takes the place of another on duty
4 : the legal correction of a wrong
5 a : elevation of figures or designs from the background (as in sculpture) b : a work of art with such raised figures c : projecting detail or figures in sculpture
6 : sharpness of outline <a roof in bold relief against the sky>
7 : the elevations of a land surface <a map showing relief>
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