re·​liev·​er | \ ri-ˈlē-vər How to pronounce reliever (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web An opener is a reliever who starts the game and pitches an inning or two before giving way to the team's traditional starting pitcher. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "UIndy baseball embraces analytics, using opener to jumpstart shortened season," 10 May 2020 Knitting is a renowned stress reliever, at least for those not bothered by the clacking sounds made by its more ardent practitioners. Alexandra Marvar, New York Times, "Knitting for the Apocalypse," 8 May 2020 Social Distancing Survey results Online shopping is a popular stress reliever: 36 million Americans use online shopping as their number one way to cope with social distancing. Andrea Reeves,, "Kentucky, Ohio ranked among states where social distancing is easiest," 27 Apr. 2020 Bard, 34, was an often-dominant reliever for the Boston Red Sox from 2009-2011 who eventually lost his ability to throw strikes. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Arizona Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Escobar healthy after offseason fainting scare," 17 Feb. 2020 Justin Foscue’s two-run single against Beavers reliever Will Frisch tied the game at 2-2, and then Brandon Pimentel’s three-run homer on the next pitch gave Mississippi State (4-0) the lead for good. oregonlive, "Christian Chamberlain strikes out 12, but Oregon State baseball squanders lead late in loss at Mississippi State," 22 Feb. 2020 Standing at the plate with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 of the 2006 National League Championship Series, Beltran struck out on three pitches against St. Louis reliever Adam Wainwright to end the series. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Mets Hire Carlos Beltran as Their New Manager," 1 Nov. 2019 The Nationals wound up taking a 5-2 lead on a two-run homer by Rendon off reliever Will Harris., "HOUSTON — Now we have a World Series.," 30 Oct. 2019 Luis Gonzalez walks it off for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2001) The comeback against the game's best reliever of all time, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, began when Mark Grace led off the ninth with a single up the middle. Christopher Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Game 7 moments worth revisiting before Astros-Nationals World Series wraps up," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of reliever

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Reliever.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of reliever

: something that relieves pain, stress, etc.

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