(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 .
(uncountable) The condition or fact of suffering or anguish especially mental, as opposed to pleasure; torment; distress; sadness; grief; solicitude; disquietude.
- I had to stop running when I started getting pains in my feet.
- In the final analysis, pain is a fact of life.
(countable) An annoying person or thing.
- The pain of departure was difficult to bear.
(uncountable, obsolete) Suffering inflicted as punishment or penalty.
- Your mother is a right pain .
- You may not leave this room on pain of death.
- Interpose, on pain of my displeasure. — Dryden
Labour; effort; pains.
- We will, by way of mulct or pain , lay it upon him. — Bacon
* Adjectives often used with “pain”: mild, moderate, severe, intense, excruciating, debilitating, acute, chronic, sharp, dull, burning, steady, throbbing, stabbing, spasmodic, etc.
* (an annoying person or thing) pest
* See also
* neuropathic pain
* nociceptive pain
* phantom pain
* psychogenic pain
* pain in the arse
* pain in the ass
* pain in the back
* pain in the bum
* pain in the butt
* pain in the neck
(en verb )
To hurt; to put to bodily uneasiness or anguish; to afflict with uneasy sensations of any degree of intensity; to torment; to torture.
To render uneasy in mind; to disquiet; to distress; to grieve.
- The wound pained him.
(obsolete) To inflict suffering upon as a penalty; to punish.
- It pains me to say that I must let you go.
From (etyl) paun, .
(en noun )
(label) The most common chess piece, or a similar piece in a similar game. In chess each side has eight; moves are only forward, attacks are only forward diagonally or en passant.
(label) Someone who is being manipulated or used to some end, usually not the end that individual would prefer.
*:“I’m through with all pawn -games,” I laughed. “Come, let us have a game of lansquenet. Either I will take a farewell fall out of you or you will have your sevenfold revenge”.
(en verb )
(video games) To render one’s opponent a mere pawn, especially in a real-time strategy games.
From (etyl) , apparently from a Germanic language (compare Middle Dutch pant, Old High German pfant).
(en noun )
The state of being held as security for a loan, or as a pledge.
- All our jewellery was in pawn by this stage.
An instance of pawning something.
- My life I never held but as a pawn / To wage against thy enemies.
* John Donne
- Redeem from broking pawn the blemish’d crown.
An item given as security on a loan, or as a pledge.
*, New York, 2001, p.106:
- As the morning dew is a pawn of the evening fatness, so, O Lord, let this day’s comfort be the earnest of to-morrow’s.
* Francis Bacon
- Brokers, takers of pawns , biting userers, I will not admit; yet I will tolerate some kind of usery.
(rare) A pawn shop, pawnbroker.
- As for mortgaging or pawning,men will not take pawns without use [i.e. interest].
(en verb )
To pledge; to stake or wager.
To give as security on a loan of money; especially, to deposit (something) at a pawn shop.
* 1965 , (Bob Dylan), (Like a Rolling Stone)
- But you’d better take your diamond ring, you’d better pawn it, babe.
* (to deposit at a pawn shop) hock