1. Providing relief
2. Characterized by surface inequalities
3. Of or used in letterpress
In sculpture, particularly architectural sculpture, carved figures and other forms that project from the background. The Italian terms basso-rilievo (low relief), mezzo-rilievo (middle relief), and alto-rilievo (high relief) are used according to the extent to which the sculpture projects. The French term bas-relief is commonly used to mean low relief.
ETYM Old Eng. relef, French relief, properly, a lifting up, a standing out. Related to Relieve, Basrelief, Rilievi.
1. The feeling that comes when something burdensome is removed or reduced; SYN. alleviation, assuagement.
2. Assistance in time of difficulty; SYN. succor, succour, ministration.
3. Aid for the aged or indigent or handicapped.
4. The act of freeing a city or town that has been besieged.
5. The condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress); SYN. ease.
6. Shapes carved on a surface so as to stand out from the background; SYN. relievo.
7. Sculpture in which the figures are raised above a surrounding flat plane; SYN. embossment, relievo, rilievo.
8. (Law) Redress awarded by a court.