re·​liev·​er | \ri-ˈlē-vər \

Definition of reliever 

: one that relieves especially : relief pitcher

Examples of reliever in a Sentence

pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen Exercise is a good stress reliever.

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Maybe [Sheffield] ends up as a (Andrew) Miller/ (Josh) Hader-esque multi-inning reliever, and that’s not a bad result! Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "Who won the James Paxton trade? Here’s what the national media are saying about the Mariners-Yankees blockbuster," 20 Nov. 2018 From clearing your skin and helping with headaches to giving you an endless supply of energy, simply drinking enough H2O each day can save you a lot of money on skincare products, pain relievers, and vitamins. Tehrene Firman, Good Housekeeping, "How Much Water Should You Drink Every Day, According to Experts," 26 July 2018 Labourt, a left-handed reliever with control issues, hasn’t been as successful as those two, however. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Future tense? Tigers' Futures Game players haven't often panned out," 14 July 2018 Four relievers — Tommy Hunter, Edubray Ramos, Adam Morgan, and Seranthony Dominguez — combined to record seven outs. Scott Lauber,, "Nick Pivetta picks up much-needed win in Phillies' victory over Orioles," 12 July 2018 Reports have linked young, controllable relievers Kyle Barraclough, Drew Steckenrider and Adam Conley to trade rumblings. Matthew Defranks,, "As trade deadline nears for Marlins, team won't 'do anything rash, nothing emotional,' Michael Hill says," 11 July 2018 Because of the quick finish, the Yankees were able to get through the win having used just three relievers, two of whom threw 12 pitches or less. David Waldstein, New York Times, "The Yankees Went to Extra Innings, but Still Knocked Off Early," 8 July 2018 Privacy - Terms Most of the Marlins' relievers, including closer Kyle Barraclough, were unavailable Wednesday after working on consecutive days. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Sleep-deprived Marlins wake up late to take down Rays in 3-0 win," 4 July 2018 So here come 18 relievers, and meanwhile, pitchers are getting hurt more often than ever. Bruce Jenkins,, "Mexico hopes to end streak against Brazil," 29 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of reliever

: something that relieves pain, stress, etc.

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