- that rests; not active.
- Botany. dormant: applied especially to spores or seeds that germinate after a period of dormancy.
Origin of resting
- the refreshing quiet or repose of sleep: a good night's rest.
- refreshing ease or inactivity after exertion or labor: to allow an hour for rest.
- relief or freedom, especially from anything that wearies, troubles, or disturbs.
- a period or interval of inactivity, repose, solitude, or tranquillity: to go away for a rest.
- mental or spiritual calm; tranquillity.
- the repose of death: eternal rest.
- cessation or absence of motion: to bring a machine to rest.
- an interval of silence between tones.
- a mark or sign indicating it.
- Prosody. a short pause within a line; caesura.
- a place that provides shelter or lodging for travelers, as an inn.
- any stopping or resting place: a roadside rest for weary hikers.
- a piece or thing for something to rest on: a hand rest.
- a supporting device; support.
- Billiards, Pool. bridge1(def 14).
- to refresh oneself, as by sleeping, lying down, or relaxing.
- to relieve weariness by cessation of exertion or labor.
- to be at ease; have tranquillity or peace.
- to repose in death.
- to be quiet or still.
- to cease from motion, come to rest; stop.
- to become or remain inactive.
- to stay as is or remain without further action or notice: to let a matter rest.
- to lie, sit, lean, or be set: His arm rested on the table.
- Agriculture. to lie fallow or unworked: to let land rest.
- to be imposed as a burden or responsibility (usually followed by on or upon).
- to rely (usually followed by on or upon).
- to be based or founded (usually followed by on or upon).
- to be found; belong; reside (often followed by with): The blame rests with them.
- to be present; dwell; linger (usually followed by on or upon): A sunbeam rests upon the altar.
- to be fixed or directed on something, as the eyes, a gaze, etc.
- Law. to terminate voluntarily the introduction of evidence in a case.
- to give rest to; refresh with rest: to rest oneself.
- to lay or place for rest, ease, or support: to rest one's back against a tree.
- to direct (as the eyes): to rest one's eyes on someone.
- to base, or let depend, as on some ground of reliance.
- to bring to rest; halt; stop.
- Law. to terminate voluntarily the introduction of evidence on: to rest one's case.
- at rest,
- in a state of repose, as in sleep.
- quiescent; inactive; not in motion: the inertia of an object at rest.
- free from worry; tranquil: Nothing could put his mind at rest.
- lay to rest,
- to inter (a dead body); bury: He was laid to rest last Thursday.
- to allay, suppress, or appease.
Origin of rest1
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- the part that is left or remains; remainder: The rest of the students are in the corridor.
- the others: All the rest are going.
- British Banking. surplus(defs 1, 2).
- to continue to be; remain as specified: Rest assured that all is well.
Origin of rest2
Examples from the Web for resting
While the pork is resting, heat a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries
December 24, 2014
Court documents report that he was found lying on the bed, resting on three pillows and wearing earplugs.Gems, Guns and Death in a Jungle Mansion
May 25, 2014
My mother leaned into the archway while resting Ted on her hip, and let out a sigh of exhaustion.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
Many of their faces are visible while they are preparing for action or resting during the morning without their masks.New Evidence: Russian Spies Backed Kiev's Killers
April 3, 2014
“And you will be welcome,” said Abu Hassar, grinning his wide ear-to-ear grin and resting his heavy hand on my shoulder.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
It was three o'clock, and he would be resting from his work.
Celine stared, resting no slight weight on the hot flat-iron.
He found Austin sitting on the chair by his desk, resting his chin on his elbow.Viviette
William J. Locke
Resting his head upon his hands, he looked upon them and sighed.Life in London
He riveted on the gods his enemies the yoke which had been resting on them.The Babylonian Legends of the Creation
- not moving or working; at rest
- euphemistic (of an actor) out of work
- (esp of plant spores) undergoing a period of dormancy before germination
- (of cells) not undergoing mitosis
- relaxation from exertion or labour
- (as modifier)a rest period
- repose; sleep
- any relief or refreshment, as from worry or something troublesome
- calm; tranquillity
- death regarded as reposeeternal rest
- cessation from motion
- at rest
- not moving; still
- calm; tranquil
- a pause or interval
- a mark in a musical score indicating a pause of specific duration
- prosody a pause in or at the end of a line; caesura
- a shelter or lodginga seaman's rest
- a thing or place on which to put something for support or to steady it; prop
- billiards snooker any of various special poles used as supports for the cue in shots that cannot be made using the hand as a support
- come to rest to slow down and stop
- lay to rest to bury (a dead person)
- set someone's mind at rest to reassure someone or settle someone's mind
- to take or give rest, as by sleeping, lying down, etc
- to place or position (oneself, etc) for rest or relaxation
- (tr) to place or position for support or steadyingto rest one's elbows on the table
- (intr) to be at ease; be calm
- to cease or cause to cease from motion or exertion; halt
- to lie dead and buried
- (intr) to remain without further attention or actionlet the matter rest
- to direct (one's eyes) or (of one's eyes) to be directedher eyes rested on the sleeping child
- to depend or cause to depend; base; relythe whole argument rests on one crucial fact
- to place or be placed, as blame, censure, etc
- to put pastry in a cool place to allow the gluten to contract
- (intr ; foll by with, on, upon, etc) to be a responsibility (of)it rests with us to apportion blame
- law to finish the introduction of evidence in (a case)
- rest on one's laurels See laurel (def. 9)
- rest on one's oars
- to stop rowing for a time
- to stop doing anything for a time
- something left or remaining; remainder
- the othersthe rest of the world
- (copula) to continue to be (as specified); remainrest assured
Word Origin and History for resting
"sleep," Old English ræste, reste "rest, bed, intermission of labor, mental peace," common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon resta "resting place, burial-place," Dutch rust, Old High German rasta, German Rast "rest, peace, repose"), of uncertain origin.
Original sense seems to be a measure of distance (cf. Old High German rasta, which in addition to "rest" meant "league of miles," Old Norse rost "league, distance after which one rests," Gothic rasta "mile, stage of a journey"), perhaps a word from the nomadic period. Unless the original sense is "repose," thence extended secondarily to "distance between two resting place."
The meaning "support, thing upon which something rests" is attested from 1580s. At rest "dead" is from mid-14c., on the notion of "last rest." Rest stop is from 1973. Colloquial expression to give (something) a rest "to stop talking about it" is first recorded 1927, American English.
"remainder, that which is left after a separation," early 15c., from Middle French reste "remnant," from rester "to remain" (see rest (v.2)). Meaning "others, those not included in a proposition" is from 1530s.
"repose, cease from action," Old English ræstan, restan "take repose by lying down; lie in death or in the grave; cease from motion, work, or performance; be without motion; be undisturbed, be free from what disquiets; stand or lie as upon a support or basis," from root of rest (n.1). Transitive senses "give repose to; lay or place, as on a support or basis" are from early 13c. Meaning "cease from, have intermission" is late 14c., also "rely on for support." Related: Rested; resting. Common Germanic, cf. Old Frisian resta, Dutch rusten, Old High German raston, German rasten, Swedish rasta, Danish raste "to rest." Resting place is from mid-14c.
"to be left, remain," mid-15c., from Old French rester "to remain," from Latin restare "stand back, be left," from re- "back" (see re-) + stare "to stand" (see stet). Partially confused and merged with the other verb rest. Sense of "to continue to be" is in rest assured. Transitive sense of "to keep, cause to continue to remain" was common in 16c.-17c., "used with a predicate adjective following and qualifying the object" [Century Dictionary], hence phrase rest you merry (1540s); God rest you merry, gentlemen, often is mis-punctuated.
- Cessation of work, exertion, or activity.
- Peace, ease, or refreshment resulting from sleep or the cessation of an activity.
- Sleep or quiet relaxation.
- Mental or emotional tranquillity.
- A device used as a support, as for the back.
- A group of embryonic cells or a portion of fetal tissue that has become displaced during development.
- An extension from a prosthesis that gives vertical support to a dental restoration.
- To cease motion, work, or activity.
- To lie down, especially to sleep.
- To be supported or based; lie, lean, or sit.