pain meaning

[ pein ] Pronunciation:   "pain" in a sentence
Noun: pain  peyn
  1. A symptom of some physical hurt or disorder
    "the patient developed severe pain and distension"
    - hurting 
  2. Emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid
    "the pain of loneliness"
    - painfulness 
  3. A somatic sensation of acute discomfort
    "as the intensity increased the sensation changed from tickle to pain"
    - pain sensation, painful sensation 
  4. A bothersome annoying person
    "that kid is a terrible pain"
    - pain in the neck, nuisance 
  5. Something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness
    - annoyance, bother, botheration, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass
Verb: pain  peyn
  1. Cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed
    - trouble, ail 
  2. Cause emotional anguish or make miserable
    "It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school"
    - anguish, hurt

Sounds like: pane

Derived forms: pained, pains, paining

Type of: disagreeable person, discomfit, discompose, disconcert, feeling, hurt, negative stimulus, somaesthesia [Brit, Cdn], somatesthesia, somatic sensation, somesthesia [N. Amer], symptom, unpleasant person, untune, upset

Antonym: pleasure

Encyclopedia: Pain Pain, intractable

[American slang]
n. a bother; an irritating thing or person.
• That woman is such a pain.
• Those long meetings are a real pain.

An unpleasant sensation induced by noxious stimuli and generally received by specialized nerve endings. n
a : a state of physical, emotional, or mental lack of well-being or physical, emotional, or mental uneasiness that ranges from mild discomfort or dull distress to acute often unbearable agony, may be generalized or localized, and is the consequence of being injured or hurt physically or mentally or of some derangement of or lack of equilibrium in the physical or mental functions (as through disease), and that usu. produces a reaction of wanting to avoid, escape, or destroy the causative factor and its effects ‹was in constant pain›
b : a basic bodily sensation that is induced by a noxious stimulus, is received by naked nerve endings, is characterized by physical discomfort (as pricking, throbbing, or aching), and typically leads to evasive action
2 pains pl : the protracted series of involuntary contractions of the uterine musculature that constitute the major factor in parturient labor and that are often accompanied by considerable pain ‹her pains had begun›
vt : to make suffer or cause distress to
¦ vi : to give or have a sensation of pain


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  1. and pain does not matter to a man.
  2. the pain is often exacerbated by certain foods.
  3. his harsh words caused her much pain.
  4. this demeanour is usually indicative of pain.
  5. i address you, daddy, from a bed of pain.

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