Definitions for: Rest

[n] freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility); "took his repose by the swimming pool"
[n] a support on which things can be put; "the gun was steadied on a special rest"
[n] a musical notation indicating a silence of a specified duration
[n] something left after other parts have been taken away; "there was no remainder"; "he threw away the rest"
[n] euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb); "she was laid to rest beside her husband"; "they had to put their family pet to sleep"
[n] a state of inaction; "a body will continue in a state of rest until acted upon"
[n] a pause for relaxation; "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
[v] be at rest
[v] stay the same; remain in a certain state; "The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it"; "rest assured"; "stay alone"; "He remained unmoved by her tears"; "The bad weather continued for another week"
[v] take a short breath
[v] give a rest to; "He rested his bad leg"; "Rest the dogs for a moment"
[v] rest on or as if on a pillow, of one's head
[v] sit, as on a branch; "The birds perched high in the treee"
[v] not move; be in a resting position
[v] put something in a resting position, as for support or steadying; "Rest your head on my shoulder"
[v] be inactive, refrain from acting; "The committee is resting over the summer"
[v] be inherent or innate in;
[v] have a place in relation to something else; "The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West"; "The responsibility rests with the Allies"

Webster (1913) Definition: Rest (r?st), v. t. [For arrest.]
To arrest. [Obs.]

Rest, n. [AS. rest, r[ae]st, rest; akin to D. rust, G.
rast. OHG. rasta, Dan. & Sw. rast rest, repose, Icel. r["o]st
the distance between two resting places, a mole, Goth. rasta
a mile, also to Goth. razn house, Icel. rann, and perhaps to
G. ruhe rest, repose, AS. r[=o]w, Gr. 'erwh`. Cf. Ransack.]
1. A state of quiet or repose; a cessation from motion or
labor; tranquillity; as, rest from mental exertion; rest
of body or mind. --Chaucer.

Sleep give thee all his rest! --Shak.

2. Hence, freedom from everything which wearies or disturbs;
peace; security.

And the land had rest fourscore years. --Judges iii.

3. Sleep; slumber; hence, poetically, death.

How sleep the brave who sink to rest, By all their
country's wishes blest. --Collins.

4. That on which anything rests or leans for support; as, a
rest in a lathe, for supporting the cutting tool or
steadying the work.

He made narrowed rests round about, that the beams
should not be fastened in the walls of the house.
--1 Kings vi.

5. (Anc. Armor) A projection from the right side of the
cuirass, serving to support the lance.

Their visors closed, their lances in the rest.

6. A place where one may rest, either temporarily, as in an
inn, or permanently, as, in an abode. ``Halfway houses and
travelers' rests.'' --J. H. Newman.

In dust our final rest, and native home. --Milton.

Ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the
inheritance which the Lord your God giveth you.
--Deut. xii.

7. (Pros.) A short pause in reading verse; a c[ae]sura.

8. The striking of a balance at regular intervals in a
running account. ``An account is said to be taken with
annual or semiannual rests.'' --Abbott.

9. A set or game at tennis. [Obs.]

10. (Mus.) Silence in music or in one of its parts; the name
of the character that stands for such silence. They are
named as notes are, whole, half, quarter,etc.

Rest house, an empty house for the accomodation of
travelers; a caravansary. [India]

To set, or To set up, one's rest, to have a settled
determination; -- from an old game of cards, when one so
expressed his intention to stand or rest upon his hand.
[Obs.] --Shak. Bacon.

Syn: Cessation; pause; intermission; stop; stay; repose;
slumber; quiet; ease; quietness; stillness;
tranquillity; peacefulness; peace.

Usage: Rest, Repose. Rest is a ceasing from labor or
exertion; repose is a mode of resting which gives
relief and refreshment after toil and labor. The words
are commonly interchangeable.

Rest (r[e^]st), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rested; p. pr. &
vb. n. Resting.] [AS. restan. See Rest, n.]
1. To cease from action or motion, especially from action
which has caused weariness; to desist from labor or

God . . . rested on the seventh day from all his
work which he had made. --Gen. ii. 2.

Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh
day thou shalt rest. --Ex. xxiii.

2. To be free from whanever wearies or disturbs; to be quiet
or still.

There rest, if any rest can harbor there. --Milton.

3. To lie; to repose; to recline; to lan; as, to rest on a

4. To stand firm; to be fixed; to be supported; as, a column
rests on its pedestal.

5. To sleep; to slumber; hence, poetically, to be dead.

Fancy . . . then retries Into her private cell when
Nature rests. --Milton.

6. To lean in confidence; to trust; to rely; to repose
without anxiety; as, to rest on a man's promise.

On him I rested, after long debate, And not without
considering, fixed ?? fate. --Dryden.

7. To be satisfied; to acquiesce.

To rest in Heaven's determination. --Addison.

To rest with, to be in the power of; to depend upon; as, it
rests with him to decide.

Rest, v. t.
1. To lay or place at rest; to quiet.

Your piety has paid All needful rites, to rest my
wandering shade. --Dryden.

2. To place, as on a support; to cause to lean.

Her weary head upon your bosom rest. --Waller.

Rest, n. [F. reste, fr. rester to remain, L. restare to
stay back, remain; pref. re- re- + stare to stand, stay. See
Stand, and cf. Arrest, Restive.] (With the definite
1. That which is left, or which remains after the separation
of a part, either in fact or in contemplation; remainder;

Religion gives part of its reward in hand, the
present comfort of having done our duty, and, for
the rest, it offers us the best security that Heaven
can give. --Tillotson.

2. Those not included in a proposition or description; the
remainder; others. ``Plato and the rest of the
philosophers.'' --Bp. Stillingfleet.

Armed like the rest, the Trojan prince appears.

3. (Com.) A surplus held as a reserved fund by a bank to
equalize its dividends, etc.; in the Bank of England, the
balance of assets above liabilities. [Eng.]

Syn: Remainder; overplus; surplus; remnant; residue; reserve;

Rest, v. i. [F. rester. See Rest remainder.]
To be left; to remain; to continue to be.

The affairs of men rest still uncertain. --Shak.

Synonyms: breathe, catch one's breath, ease, eternal rest, eternal sleep, lie, perch, pillow, quietus, relaxation, relief, remain, remainder, repose, repose, repose, reside, residual, residue, residuum, respite, rest period, roost, sleep, stay, take a breather

Antonyms: be active, change, move

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