Definition of Rest

Pronunciation: rĕst
v. t.1.To arrest.
n.1.A state of quiet or repose; a cessation from motion or labor; tranquillity; as, rest from mental exertion; rest of body or mind.
Sleep give thee all his rest!
- Shak.
2.Hence, freedom from everything which wearies or disturbs; peace; security.
And the land had rest fourscore years.
- Judges iii. 30.
3.Sleep; slumber; hence, poetically, death.
How sleep the brave who sink to rest,
By all their country's wishes blest.
- Collins.
4.That on which anything rests or leans for support; as, a rest in a lathe, for supporting the cutting tool or steadying the work.
He made narrowed rests round about, that the beams should not be fastened in the walls of the house.
- 1 Kings vi. 6.
5.(Anc. Armor) A projection from the right side of the cuirass, serving to support the lance.
Their visors closed, their lances in the rest.
- Dryden.
6.A place where one may rest, either temporarily, as in an inn, or permanently, as, in an abode.
In dust our final rest, and native home.
- Milton.
Ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance which the Lord your God giveth you.
- Deut. xii. 9.
7.(Pros.) A short pause in reading verse; a cæsura.
8.The striking of a balance at regular intervals in a running account.
9.A set or game at tennis.
10.(Mus.) Silence in music or in one of its parts; the name of the character that stands for such silence. They are named as notes are, whole, half, quarter,etc.
Rest house
an empty house for the accomodation of travelers; a caravansary.
To set one's rest
to have a settled determination; - from an old game of cards, when one so expressed his intention to stand or rest upon his hand.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To cease from action or motion, especially from action which has caused weariness; to desist from labor or exertion.
[imp. & p. p. Rested; p. pr. & vb. n. Resting.]
God . . . rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
- Gen. ii. 2.
Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest.
- Ex. xxiii. 12.
2.To be free from whanever wearies or disturbs; to be quiet or still.
There rest, if any rest can harbor there.
- Milton.
3.To lie; to repose; to recline; to lan; as, to rest on a couch.
4.To stand firm; to be fixed; to be supported; as, a column rests on its pedestal.
5.To sleep; to slumber; hence, poetically, to be dead.
Fancy . . . then retries
Into her private cell when Nature rests.
- Milton.
6.To lean in confidence; to trust; to rely; to repose without anxiety; as, to rest on a man's promise.
On him I rested, after long debate,
And not without considering, fixed fate.
- Dryden.
7.To be satisfied; to acquiesce.
To rest in Heaven's determination.
- Addison.
To rest with
to be in the power of; to depend upon; as, it rests with him to decide.
v. t.1.To lay or place at rest; to quiet.
Your piety has paid
All needful rites, to rest my wandering shade.
- Dryden.
2.To place, as on a support; to cause to lean.
Her weary head upon your bosom rest.
- Waller.
n.1.That which is left, or which remains after the separation of a part, either in fact or in contemplation; remainder; residue.
Religion gives part of its reward in hand, the present comfort of having done our duty, and, for the rest, it offers us the best security that Heaven can give.
- Tillotson.
2.Those not included in a proposition or description; the remainder; others.
Armed like the rest, the Trojan prince appears.
- DRyden.
3.(Com.) A surplus held as a reserved fund by a bank to equalize its dividends, etc.; in the Bank of England, the balance of assets above liabilities.
v. i.1.To be left; to remain; to continue to be.
The affairs of men rest still uncertain.
- Shak.

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