What is rest?

  • (verb): Give a rest to.
    Example: "He rested his bad leg"; "Rest the dogs for a moment"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "rest":

  • (verb): Put something in a resting position, as for support or steadying.
    Example: "Rest your head on my shoulder"
  • (verb): Stay the same; remain in a certain state.
    Example: "Rest assured"
    Synonyms: stay, remain
  • (noun): A musical notation indicating a silence of a specified duration.
  • (verb): Rest on or as if on a pillow.
    Synonyms: pillow
  • (verb): Not move; be in a resting position.
  • (noun): A support on which things can be put.
    Example: "The gun was steadied on a special rest"
  • (verb): Be at rest.
  • (verb): Be inactive, refrain from acting.
    Example: "The committee is resting over the summer"
  • (noun): A state of inaction.
    Example: "A body will continue in a state of rest until acted upon"
  • (noun): Freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility).
    Synonyms: ease, repose, relaxation
  • (noun): Euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb).
    Example: "She was laid to rest beside her husband"
    Synonyms: eternal rest, sleep, eternal sleep, quietus
  • (verb): Sit, as on a branch.
    Synonyms: perch, roost
  • (verb): Have a place in relation to something else.
    Synonyms: lie

Famous quotes containing the word rest:

    An absolute can only be given in an intuition, while all the rest has to do with analysis. We call intuition here the sympathy by which one is transported into the interior of an object in order to coincide with what there is unique and consequently inexpressible in it. Analysis, on the contrary, is the operation which reduces the object to elements already known.
    Henri Bergson (1859–1941)

    It was the feeling of a passenger on an ocean steamer whose mind will not give him rest until he has been in the engine-room and talked with the engineer. She wanted to see with her own eyes the action of primary forces; to touch with her own eyes the action of primary forces; to touch with her own hand the massive machinery of society; to measure with her own mind the capacity of the motive power. She was bent upon getting to the heart of the great American mystery of democracy and government.
    Henry Brooks Adams (1838–1918)

    Since the affairs of men rest still incertain,
    Let’s reason with the worst that may befall.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)