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Pain appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Bosnia… pain… sob.
  • A man, a pain, a mania, Panama.
  • For pain, rehab a hernia, Prof.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun pain:


Comparison of usage frequency between the noun pain and its most common antonym:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb pain:


Pain is sometimes a misspelling of plan.

The word pain is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun pain

What does pain mean as a name of something?

Pain is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: pains

  1. a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder
  2. emotional distress; a fundamental feeling that people try to avoid
  3. a somatic sensation of acute discomfort
  4. a bothersome annoying person
  5. something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness

Alternative definition of the noun pain


  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.
  2. [uncountable] The condition or fact of suffering or anguish especially mental, as opposed to pleasure; torment; distress; sadness; grief; solicitude; disquietude.
  3. [countable] An annoying person or thing.
  4. [uncountable] [obsolete] Suffering seen as a punishment or penalty.

Specialised definition of the noun pain

Glossary of sports

the feeling of severe discomfort that a person has when hurt (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

  • note: Pain can be used in the plural to show that it recurs.
  • example: She has pains in her left leg.

Definition of the verb pain

What does pain mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: pained | paining | pains

  1. cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Patient - body part] [Verb]My eyes are itching | My heart is pounding
      [Patient - body part] [Verb] [Experiencer]My eyes are itching me
      [Patient - body part] [Verb] from [Cause]My eyes are itching from the smoke

      Verbs Involving the Body (with the same syntax): ail, bother, burn, hurt, itch.

    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • synonyms of pain: ail / trouble
    • more generic word: hurt = give trouble or pain to
    • more specific terms: recrudesce / break out / erupt = become raw or open
  2. cause emotional anguish or make miserable


"Pain" is a 2007 video game for the PlayStation 3, developed by games studio Idol Minds. It was originally released as a downloadable title available from the PlayStation Store and was first released in North America on November 29, 2007 and in Europe on March 20, 2008 and became the most popular downloadable game on the PlayStation Store. In June 2009, SCEE announced that the game was to be released on Blu-ray Disc. It was launched in Europe on June 24, 2009, in Australia on June 25, 2009 and in the UK on June 26, 2009. The Blu-ray version includes the original game as well as several other levels and features released as downloadable content for the PSN version. It is now available in a collection which is available to download from the PlayStation Store called the 3D Collection. On November 26, 2013, the game's online features were disabled.

  • mode: Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
  • developers: SCE San Diego Studio, Idol Minds
  • genres: Action game, Simulation video game
  • publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
  • released on (7 years ago)
  • official website:


  1. "Pain" a.k.a. "Vile" is a 2011 horror film following ten kidnapped captives who have 22 hours to mount an escape from a locked room, and must endure excruciating pain in order to win their freedom.
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  2. "Pain" a.k.a. "Pained" is a 2011 South Korean film directed by Kwak Kyung-taek. Kwak's first feature in three years, it is a romantic melodrama set in Seoul, which is a departure from the director's previous Busan-based masculine thrillers and gangster movies. It is adapted from an original story by popular webcomic artist Kang Full.
  3. "Pain" a.k.a. "Acı" is a 1971 film written and directed by Yılmaz Güney.
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  4. "Pain" is a film.
    • country: United States of America
    • language: English Language
    • genre: Gay pornography
    • released on (5 years ago)


  1. "Pain" is a song by the American alternative rock band Jimmy Eat World. It was released as the first single from their 2004 album Futures and became their second #1 hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song was featured on video games Tony Hawk's Underground 2, Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition, Guitar Hero: Van Halen, Karaoke Revolution Party and the Rock Band series. It was also featured on the Smallville episode "Transference." The 7" was pressed on clear vinyl. The Single has received Gold status by the RIAA.
  2. "Pain" was released on 1 June 1994 by Rhino Bucket. It is their first effort with Simon Wright as drummer.
  3. "Pain": Pain es el nombre del primer álbum de la banda sueca de industrial metal del mismo nombre. Dicho álbum fue lanzado en 1996 por la discográfica alemana Nuclear Blast.
  4. "Pain" is the second studio album by The Ohio Players, and their debut for the Westbound label.
  5. "Pain" is a song on Puff Daddy's 1997 album No Way Out.
  6. "Pain" is a musical album of Dub War.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  7. "Pain" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  8. "Pain" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  9. "Pain" is a 2004 single by Jimmy Eat World.
  10. "Pain" is a 2006 single by Three Days Grace.
    • released on (8 years ago)


  1. Pain a.k.a. Steve Jocz: Stephen Martin "Steve" Jocz, nicknamed Stevo32 or Stevo, is a Canadian musician and music video director. He is best known as the former drummer for the Canadian rock band Sum 41.
  2. Pain is a musical artist, musician.

There are other people with in their name, like Jeff Pain, Pain Jerk, Slow Pain, Barry Pain, Cindy Pain, Harry Pain, Ishan Pain, Keith Pain, Sweet Pain, Vivan Pain and many others.


  1. Pain is a musical project from Sweden that mix heavy metal with influences from electronic music and techno. The project started out as a hobby project for front man Peter Tägtgren, whose idea was to fuse heavy metal with 1980s-inspired electro-industrial and techno influences. Tägtgren, who is also the vocalist/guitarist of Hypocrisy and producer of his own The Abyss studios, is the only current member.
  2. Pain was an American rock band from Mobile and Tuscaloosa, Alabama that was active between 1994 and 1999. The main songwriters, Dan Lord and Mark "Pose" Milewicz, grew up in Mobile and graduated from Mcgill Toolen High school in midtown Mobile. Though they did not produced any chart-topping hits, the band enjoyed a semi-mainstream following after touring relentlessly. Pain received a mini-revival when Cartoon Network aired a short two-minute music video set to their song "Jabberjaw", featuring the cartoon character of the same name along with "updated" versions of the rest of the show's characters. Pain also received minor mainstream attention through the NBC sitcom NewsRadio. In a number of episodes station engineer Joe Garelli can be seen wearing a T-shirt bearing the Pain logo.

There are other groups with in their name, like Pain Inc, Pro-Pain, Pro*Pain, Holy Pain, Pain Nail, Pain Teens, Pain Killer, pain-killer, Tender Pain, To the Pain, Eternal Pain, Howling Pain, Life is Pain, Pain Control, Pain In Life, Phantom pain, Rest in Pain, Supreme Pain, Wind of Pain.


Pain a.k.a. McKinley National Park Airport is a public-use airport located two nautical miles of McKinley Park, in Denali Borough, Alaska, United States. It is owned by the U.S. National Park Service and is located at the Denali National Park and Preserve.


  1. Pain is often referred to in philosophical discussions concerning qualia and the fundamental nature of human experience. The meanings and consequences of pain, and/or suffering, have been a topic of writing by philosophers and theologians alike. The experience of pain is, due to its seeming universality, a very good portal through which to view various diverse aspects of human life. The absence of pain is called aponia in philosophy and was one of the most important goods in Epicureanism.
  2. Pain is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal published by Elsevier on behalf of the International Association for the Study of Pain. The journal was established in 1975 and covers research and reviews in the fields of anesthesiology and clinical neurology. The editor-in-chief is Francis J. Keefe.

Phrases with Pain

Phrases starting with the word Pain:

  1. pain pill
  2. pain unit
  3. pain-free
  4. pain sensation
  5. pain threshold
  6. pain in the ass
  7. Pain in the Bum
  8. Pain au chocolat
  9. Pain in the Arse
  10. Pain in the Butt
  11. pain in the neck

Phrases ending with the word Pain:

  1. chest pain
  2. labor pain
  3. lumbar pain
  4. Saddle Pain
  5. Phantom pain
  6. referred pain
  7. Neuropathic Pain

Other phrases containing the word Pain:

  1. On Pain of
  2. No Pain, No Gain

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Pain

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Google previewChronic Pain in Small Animal Medicine (2009)

by Steven M. Fox

Pain is the result of a complex signaling network.

Google previewQuality (2011)

Its Definition and Measurement As Applied to the Medically Ill by Ivan Barofsky

FEELINGS PAIN IS DARKNESS PAIN IS AN ILLNESS The possessed object can also move from one part of the body to another, as illustrated...

Google previewChallenges to Theoretical Psychology (1999)

by International Society for Theoretical Psychology. Conference, Wolfgang Maiers

Pain is a threshold phenomenon, locating existence at a point where conventional dichotomies fail and where they...

Google previewThe Multidisciplinary Pain Center (2012)

Organization and Personnel Functions for Pain Management by Jawahar N. Ghia

Pain is a personal, subjective experience that is common in life. It can be associated with...

Pain means different things to different people and may have a different meaning to the same person under various circumstances. The individual ...

Google previewThe Complete Recovery Room Book (2014)

by Anthea Hatfield

Pain is a subjective experience; its intensity depends on how one interprets what one is feeling.

Google previewComprehensive Pediatric Hospital Medicine (2007)

by Lisa B. Zaoutis, Vincent W. Chiang

Neck pain is a nonspecific presenting symptom in children, and patients are more likely to be seen in the emergency department or outpatient settings than in the hospital. Because neck pain is a symptom with a number of possible causes,the ...

Google previewEthical Studies (1876)

by Francis Herbert Bradley

Considered psychically pain is an evil, because it is the feeling of the negation of the self or life. The good is the affirmation of the...

Real pain is the feeling of the negatedness of the self, and therefore, as such, it is bad. It is bad also, because it ...

Google previewChristian Literature (1897)

Always and everywhere pain is the Martin Luther of the organic framework ; it placards the walls of the city with the announcement that there is something wrong. There are two states in which man experiences painlessness — at the top , and at ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia Of Back Pain (2016)

by J Mathis

Rheumatoid joint pain causes back torment to happen. The ailment is a systemic malady that causes aggravation, which focuses on the nontrivial joint liners. This is the place back torment begins. Rheumatoid joint pain may connection to ...

Google previewThe Complete Encyclopedia of Natural Healing (2005)

by Gary Null

Unfortunately, this advance had a price attached: It heralded the beginning of human back and neck pain. Studies have shown that even ancient civilations, such as the Egyptians, were plagued by these pains; in fact, they devised forms of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health and Aging (2007)

by Kyriakos S. Markides

Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience that is among the most complex of human experiences. It affects an estimated 65 million Americans and has varied psychological, physical, and social consequences such as sleep ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

by Robert Ireland

Pain from the dentoalveolar complex may be pulpal, dentinal, or periodontal in origin or may also arise from thermal sensitivity, *cracked tooth syndrome, or maxillary *sinusitis. Orofacial pain may arise from the musculoligamentous or soft ...

Google previewBailliere's Midwives' Dictionary E-Book (2012)

by Denise Tiran

pain suffering and distress, resulting from stimulation of free nerve endings in small myelinated or unmyelinated nerve fibres in superficial skin layers and some deeper tissues, which transmit impulses along sensory nerve ...

Google previewThe Outlines of Materia Medica & Clinical Dictionary (1997)

by Henry Buck

Darting pain from the right side of the forehead to the orbit, with heat in the head ...

Google previewMosby's Dental Dictionary (2007)

by Elsevier, Mosby

n pain associated with a ...

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Quotes about Pain

Locked in chains
blown out vains
Guns and gangs
Ankles sprained
too much fame
filled with shame
you were played
you went away (Megan Stanley)
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Scrabble value of P3A1I1N1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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