see also: Pain, PAIN
Pronunciation Noun


  1. (countable and uncountable) An ache or bodily suffering, or an instance of this; an unpleasant sensation, resulting from a derangement of functions, disease, or injury by violence; hurt.
    The greatest difficulty lies in treating patients with chronic pain.
    I had to stop running when I started getting pains in my feet.
  2. (uncountable) The condition or fact of suffering or anguish especially mental, as opposed to pleasure; torment; distress
    In the final analysis, pain is a fact of life.
    The pain of departure was difficult to bear.
  3. (countable, from pain in the neck) An annoying person or thing.
    Your mother is a right pain.
  4. (uncountable, obsolete) Suffering inflicted as punishment or penalty.
    You may not leave this room on pain of death.
  5. (mostly, in the plural) Labour; effort; great care or trouble taken in doing something.
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pain (pains, present participle paining; past and past participle pained)

  1. (transitive) To hurt; to put to bodily uneasiness or anguish; to afflict with uneasy sensations of any degree of intensity; to torment; to torture.
    The wound pained him.
  2. (transitive) To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve.
    It pains me to say that I must let you go.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish.
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pain (plural pains)

  1. (obsolete, cooking) Any of various breads stuffed with a filling.
    gammon pain; Spanish pain

Proper noun
  1. An English surname, variant of Paine.


pain (plural pains)

  1. Acronym of pan-assay interference compound

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