Definition of "rest" []

  • Cessation of work, exertion, or activity. (noun)
  • Peace, ease, or refreshment resulting from sleep or the cessation of an activity. (noun)
  • Sleep or quiet relaxation. (noun)
  • The repose of death: eternal rest. (noun)
  • Relief or freedom from disquiet or disturbance. (noun)
  • Relaxation from exertion or labour (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Repose; sleep (noun)
  • Any relief or refreshment, as from worry or something troublesome (noun)
  • Calm; tranquillity (noun)
  • Death regarded as repose (noun)
  • Cessation from motion (noun)
  • A pause or interval (noun)
  • A mark in a musical score indicating a pause of specific duration (noun)
  • A pause in or at the end of a line; caesura (noun)
  • A shelter or lodging (noun)
  • A thing or place on which to put something for support or to steady it; prop (noun)
  • Any of various special poles used as supports for the cue in shots that cannot be made using the hand as a support (noun)
  • To take or give rest, as by sleeping, lying down, etc (verb)
  • To place or position (oneself, etc) for rest or relaxation (verb)
  • To place or position for support or steadying (verb)
  • To be at ease; be calm (verb)
  • To cease or cause to cease from motion or exertion; halt (verb)
  • To lie dead and buried (verb)
  • To remain without further attention or action (verb)
  • To direct (one's eyes) or (of one's eyes) to be directed (verb)
  • To depend or cause to depend; base; rely (verb)
  • To place or be placed, as blame, censure, etc (verb)
  • To put pastry in a cool place to allow the gluten to contract (verb)
  • To be a responsibility (of) (verb)
  • To finish the introduction of evidence in (a case) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "rest" in a sentence
  • "But it must be followed by rest from mental labour, and is, in fact, a part of the same regimen which enforces rest -- it is an artificial _rest_."
  • "But inasmuch as the recurrence of the _Sabbath-day_ was what constituted _a week_; in other words, since the essential feature of a week, as a Jewish division of time, was the recurrence of the Jewish day of rest; — τὸ σάββατον or τὰ σάββατα, the Hebrew name for _the day of rest_, became transferred to _the week_."
  • "At the double lines at ten and three, there might be a rest of two minutes; an officer appointed for the purpose, ringing a bell at each of the parts marked on the plan, and making the signal for the _rest_, whatever signal might be determined upon."