Origin of resting
- 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 restingsleeping, quiet, dreaming, lounging, relaxing, napping, crashed, established, placed, seated, located, lying, repose, asleep, comfortable, incumbent, static, upon, abed
Examples from the Web for resting
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of resting
Celine stared, resting no slight weight on the hot flat-iron.
It was three o'clock, and he would be resting from his work.
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
- 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
"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