- an interval of silence between tones.
- a mark or sign indicating it.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- 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.
- to inter (a dead body); bury: He was laid to rest last Thursday.
- to allay, suppress, or appease.
Origin of rest1
Synonyms for rest
verb (used without object)
Origin of rest2
Related Words for restedrelaxed, energetic, recovered, refreshed, revived, renewed, alert, awake, strengthened, fresh, unwearied
Examples from the Web for rested
Contemporary Examples of rested
A copy of AA Today, an Alcoholics Anonymous publication, rested atop the bureau.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life
September 6, 2014
From early in its history, the United States rested on the notion of a large class of small proprietors and owners.In the Future We'll All Be Renters: America's Disappearing Middle Class
August 10, 2014
The multitude of decisions invalidating laws prohibiting same-sex marriage have rested on three different rationales.Justice Kennedy Opened the Door to Same-Sex Marriage, Will He Walk Through Next?
Geoffrey R. Stone
August 3, 2014
In the lake, where it had rested for more than 40 years, was the wreckage of a downed American B-52.Going Back to Vietnam Is Sometimes Amusing, Often Fraught, and Always Surreal
March 9, 2014
Sure, he could have rested on his laurels and retired a decade ago.‘To Be Takei’ Traces George Takei’s Journey From Japanese Internment Camps to Cultural Icon
January 22, 2014
Historical Examples of rested
His arm was about her waist, and hers rested on his shoulder.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The rested muscles of his body and mind craved the resistance of obstacles.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Rested at Pintumbra, as there was good feed for our tired and hungry horses.
Rested at Paney, as the horses were very tired, and there was splendid feed for them.
There was a spot, not far from George, where he could have rested, but he did not know it.Life in London
- relaxation from exertion or labour
- (as modifier)a rest period
- not moving; still
- calm; tranquil
- to stop rowing for a time
- to stop doing anything for a time
Word Origin for rest
noun the rest
Word Origin for rest
"refreshed by sleep," c.1400, past participle adjective from rest (v.).
"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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with rest
- rest assured
- rest on one's laurels
- at rest
- lay at rest
- lay to rest
- set one's mind at rest