• (RP) IPA: /ˈiːzm(ə)nt/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈizmənt/


  1. (law) The legal right to use another person's real property (real estate), generally in order to cross a part of the property or to gain access to something on the property (right of way).
    The power company has an easement to put their electricity poles along the edge of this land.
  2. (architecture) An element such as a baseboard, handrail, etc., that is curved instead of abruptly changing direction.
  3. (archaic) Easing, relief.
    • 1666, John Bunyan, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners: Or, A Brief and Faithful Relation of the Exceeding Mercy of God in Christ, to His Poor Servant John Bvnyan, London: Printed by George Larkin, OCLC 12787585 ↗; 6th corr. edition, London: Printed for Nath. Ponder, at the Pea-cock in the Poultry, over against the Stocks-Market, 1688, OCLC 643954458 ↗, pages 92–93 ↗:
      But now, thought I, if this ſin is not unto death, then it is pardonable; therefore from this I have encouragement to come to God by Chriſt for mercy; to conſider the promiſe of forgiveneſs, as that which ſtands with open arms to receive me, as well as others. This therefore was a great eaſement to my mind; to wit, that my ſin was pardonable, that it was not the ſin unto death, […]
  4. (archaic, euphemistic) The act of relieving oneself: defecating or urinating.
  5. (model railroading) Transition spiral curve track between a straight or tangent track and a circular curved track of a certain radius or selected radius.
  6. Assistance.
  7. Support.
  8. Gratification.
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