What does the word comforter mean?

Usage examples for comforter

  1. Aunt 'Mira was a poor comforter. – Janice Day by Helen Beecher Long
  2. Then he was the Lord's only human friend- the one silent comforter. – A Life of St. John for the Young by George Ludington Weed
  3. One day my next neighbour brought in what she called a 'Silent Comforter, ' and hung it on the wall; it had only three or four texts on a page in large letters, so that I could read it without glasses. – Divers Women by Pansy and Mrs. C.M. Livingston