What is rest?

  • (verb): Put something in a resting position, as for support or steadying.
    Example: "Rest your head on my shoulder"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "rest":

  • (noun): A state of inaction.
    Example: "A body will continue in a state of rest until acted upon"
  • (verb): Be inactive, refrain from acting.
    Example: "The committee is resting over the summer"
  • (verb): Give a rest to.
    Example: "He rested his bad leg"; "Rest the dogs for a moment"
  • (verb): Rest on or as if on a pillow.
    Synonyms: pillow
  • (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): Be at rest.
  • (noun): A musical notation indicating a silence of a specified duration.
  • (verb): Have a place in relation to something else.
    Synonyms: lie
  • (noun): Freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility).
    Synonyms: ease, repose, relaxation
  • (verb): Stay the same; remain in a certain state.
    Example: "Rest assured"
    Synonyms: stay, remain
  • (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"

Famous quotes containing the word rest:

    My love—my faith—should instil into your bosom a praeternatural calm. You would rest from care.... You would get better.... And if not, Helen,... if you died—then at least would I clasp your dear hand in death, and willingly—oh, joyfully ... go down with you into the night of the Grave.
    Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)

    Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death.
    Blaise Pascal (1623–1662)

    I walk out into a nature such as the old prophets and poets, Menu, Moses, Homer, Chaucer, walked in. You may name it America, but it is not America; neither Americus Vespucius, nor Columbus, nor the rest were the discoverers of it. There is a truer account of it in mythology than in any history of America, so called, that I have seen.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)