The first has now eased a little, and the challenge of the second becomes even greater.
I lifted her as high as I could midway up the slide and eased her down with a big, squeaky “wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee.”
The driver and his 18-wheeler eased down the street toward where 19-year-old Damian Monroe Williams stood.
The seven-year-long bottleneck in Cuba has finally been eased.
Her departure from her kids when they were young was like a severing of relations, an estrangement that has not eased to this day.
He listened to its soft moan, and it eased the intensity of his feelings.
Adams leaned back in his chair as though her absurdity had eased his mind.
He eased the patrol car onto the police lane and turned west once again.
Now that the issue was out in the open his discomfort was eased.
Cloud eased up his accelerator, eased down his mighty brakes.
early 13c., from Old French aise "comfort, pleasure, well-being; opportunity," of unknown origin, despite attempts to link it to various Latin verbs.
The earliest senses in French appear to be 1. "elbow-room" (from an 11th century Hebrew-French glossary) and 2. "opportunity." This led Sophus Bugge to suggest an origin in Vulgar Latin asa, a shortened form of Latin ansa "handle," which could be used in the figurative sense of "opportunity, occasion," as well as being a possible synonym for "elbow," because Latin ansatus "furnished with handles" also was used to mean "having the arms akimbo." OED editors report this theory, and write, "This is not very satisfactory, but it does not appear that any equally plausible alternative has yet been proposed."
c.1300, "to help, assist," see ease (n.). Meaning "to give ease" is from mid-14c.; the sense of "to relax one's efforts" is from 1863. Farmer reports ease in a slang sense of "to content a woman" sexually, with an 1861 date. Related: Eased; easing.