resting

[ res-ting ]
/ ˈrɛs tɪŋ /

adjective

that rests; not active.
Botany. dormant: applied especially to spores or seeds that germinate after a period of dormancy.

Origin of resting

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at rest1, -ing2
Related formsun·rest·ing, adjective

Definition for resting (2 of 3)

rest

1
[ rest ]
/ rɛst /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

Origin of rest

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English, Old English; akin to German Rast; (v.) Middle English resten, Old English restan; akin to German rasten
Related formsrest·er, noun
Can be confusedrest wrest

Definition for resting (3 of 3)

rest

2
[ rest ]
/ rɛst /

noun

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).

verb (used without object)

to continue to be; remain as specified: Rest assured that all is well.

Origin of rest

2
1375–1425; (v.) late Middle English resten to remain due or unpaid < Middle French rester to remain < Latin restāre to remain standing, equivalent to re- re- + stāre to stand; (noun) late Middle English < Middle French reste, noun derivative of rester
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British Dictionary definitions for resting (1 of 3)

resting

/ (ˈrɛstɪŋ) /

adjective

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

British Dictionary definitions for resting (2 of 3)

rest

1
/ (rɛst) /

noun

verb

Derived Formsrester, noun

Word Origin for rest

Old English ræst, reste, of Germanic origin; related to Gothic rasta a mile, Old Norse röst mile

British Dictionary definitions for resting (3 of 3)

rest

2
/ (rɛst) /

noun the rest

something left or remaining; remainder
the othersthe rest of the world

verb

(copula) to continue to be (as specified); remainrest assured

Word Origin for rest

C15: from Old French rester to remain, from Latin rēstāre, from re- + stāre to stand
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Medicine definitions for resting

rest

[ rĕst ]

n.

v.

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Idioms and Phrases with resting

rest


In addition to the idioms beginning with rest

  • rest assured
  • rest on one's laurels

also see:

  • at rest
  • lay at rest
  • lay to rest
  • set one's mind at rest
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