rest
Pronunciation Noun

rest

  1. (uncountable, of a person or animal) Relief from work or activity by sleeping; sleep.
    I need to get a good rest tonight; I was up late last night.
    The sun sets, and the workers go to their rest.
    Synonyms: sleep, slumber
  2. (countable) Any relief from exertion; a state of quiet and relaxation.
    We took a rest at the top of the hill to get our breath back.
    Synonyms: break, repose, time off
  3. (uncountable) Peace; freedom from worry, anxiety, annoyances; tranquility.
    It was nice to have a rest from the phone ringing when I unplugged it for a while.
    • Bible, Judges iii. 30
      And the land had rest fourscore years.
    Synonyms: peace, quiet, roo, silence, stillness, tranquility
  4. (uncountable, of an object or concept) A state of inactivity; a state of little or no motion; a state of completion.
    The boulder came to rest just behind the house after rolling down the mountain.
    The ocean was finally at rest.
    Now that we're all in agreement, we can put that issue to rest.
  5. (euphemistic, uncountable) A final position after death.
    She was laid to rest in the village cemetery.
    Synonyms: peace
  6. (music, countable) A pause of a specified length in a piece of music.
    Remember there's a rest at the end of the fourth bar.
    hypo en
  7. (music, countable) A written symbol indicating such a pause in a musical score such as in sheet music.
  8. (physics, uncountable) Absence of motion.
    The body's centre of gravity may affect its state of rest.
    Antonyms: motion
  9. (snooker, countable) A stick with a U-, V- or X-shaped head used to support the tip of a cue when the cue ball is otherwise out of reach.
    Higgins can't quite reach the white with his cue, so he'll be using the rest.
    Hypernyms: bridge
  10. (countable) Any object designed to be used to support something else.
    She put the phone receiver back in its rest.
    He placed his hands on the arm rests of the chair.
    Synonyms: cradle, support
    hypo en
  11. A projection from the right side of the cuirass of armour, serving to support the lance.
    • their visors closed, their lances in the rest
  12. A place where one may rest, either temporarily, as in an inn, or permanently, as, in an abode.
    • halfway houses and travellers' rests
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      in dust our final rest, and native home
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Deuteronomy xii:9 ↗:
      Ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance which the Lord your God giveth you.
  13. (poetry) A short pause in reading poetry; a caesura.
  14. The striking of a balance at regular intervals in a running account. Often, specifically, the intervals after which compound interest is added to capital.
    • An account is said to be taken with annual or semiannual rests.
  15. (dated) A set or game at tennis.
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  • German: Hilfsqueue
  • Russian: подста́вка
Translations Verb

rest (rests, present participle resting; past and past participle rested)

  1. (intransitive) To cease from action, motion, work, or performance of any kind; stop; desist; be without motion.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Exodus 23:12 ↗:
      Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest.
  2. (intransitive) To come to a pause or an end; end.
  3. (intransitive) To be free from that which harasses or disturbs; be quiet or still; be undisturbed.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 1”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      There rest, if any rest can harbour there.
  4. (intransitive, transitive, reflexive) To be or to put into a state of rest.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte d'Arthur, Book X:
      And thereby at a pryory they rested them all nyght.
    My day's work is over; now I will rest.
    We need to rest the horses before we ride any further.
    I shall not rest until I have uncovered the truth.
    Rest assured that I will do my best.
  5. (intransitive) To stay, remain, be situated.
    The blame seems to rest with your father.
  6. (transitive, intransitive, reflexive) To lean, lie, or lay.
    A column rests on its pedestal.
    I rested my head in my hands.
    She rested against my shoulder.
    I rested against the wall for a minute.
  7. (intransitive, transitive, legal, US) To complete one's active advocacy in a trial or other proceeding, and thus to wait for the outcome (however, one is still generally available to answer questions, etc.)
    The defense rests, your Honor.
    I rest my case.
  8. (intransitive) To sleep; slumber.
  9. (intransitive) To lie dormant.
  10. (intransitive) To sleep the final sleep; sleep in death; die; be dead.
  11. (intransitive) To rely or depend on.
    • On him I rested, after long debate, / And not without considering, fixed fate.
    The decision rests on getting a bank loan.
  12. To be satisfied; to acquiesce.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 2, scene 1]:
      to rest in Heaven's determination
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  • French: rester
  • Russian: остава́ться
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rest (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) That which remains.
    She ate some of the food, but was not hungry enough to eat it all, so she put the rest in the refrigerator to finish later.
    Synonyms: lave, remainder
  2. Those not included in a proposition or description; the remainder; others.
    • Plato and the rest of the philosophers
    • Armed like the rest, the Trojan prince appears.
  3. (UK, finance) 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.
Synonyms Translations Verb

rest (rests, present participle resting; past and past participle rested)

  1. (obsolete) To remain.
Verb

rest (rests, present participle resting; past and past participle rested)

  1. (obsolete, transitive, colloquial) To arrest.

REST
Noun

rest (uncountable)

  1. (computing) Acronym of representational state transfer
Proper noun
  1. (linguistics) Acronym of Generative grammar#Revised extended standard theory (1973–1976)



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