• WordNet 3.6
    • v repose put or confide something in a person or thing "These philosophers reposed the law in the people"
    • v repose to put something (eg trust) in something "The nation reposed its confidence in the King"
    • v repose put in a horizontal position "lay the books on the table","lay the patient carefully onto the bed"
    • v repose lean in a comfortable resting position "He was reposing on the couch"
    • v repose lie when dead "Mao reposes in his mausoleum"
    • v repose be inherent or innate in;
    • n repose freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility) "took his repose by the swimming pool"
    • n repose a disposition free from stress or emotion
    • n repose the absence of mental stress or anxiety
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Repose A lying at rest; sleep; rest; quiet. "Shake off the golden slumber of repose ."
    • Repose (Poetic) A rest; a pause.
    • Repose Figuratively, to remain or abide restfully without anxiety or alarms. "It is upon these that the soul may repose ."
    • Repose Rest of mind; tranquillity; freedom from uneasiness; also, a composed manner or deportment.
    • Repose (Fine Arts) That harmony or moderation which affords rest for the eye; -- opposed to the scattering and division of a subject into too many unconnected parts, and also to anything which is overstrained; as, a painting may want repose .
    • Repose To cause to stop or to rest after motion; hence, to deposit; to lay down; to lodge; to reposit. "But these thy fortunes let us straight repose In this divine cave's bosom.""Pebbles reposed in those cliffs amongst the earth . . . are left behind."
    • Repose To lay at rest; to cause to be calm or quiet; to compose; to rest, -- often reflexive; as, to repose one's self on a couch. "All being settled and reposed , the lord archbishop did present his majesty to the lords and commons.""After the toil of battle to repose Your wearied virtue."
    • Repose To lie at rest; to rest. "Within a thicket I reposed ."
    • Repose To lie; to be supported; as, trap reposing on sand.
    • Repose To place, have, or rest; to set; to intrust. "The king reposeth all his confidence in thee."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • repose To lay (a thing) at rest; lay by; lay up; deposit.
    • repose To lay at rest; refresh by rest: with reference to a person, and often used reflexively.
    • repose To cause to be calm or quiet; tranquilize; compose.
    • repose To lay, place, or rest, as confidence or trust.
    • repose To lie or be at rest; take rest; sleep.
    • repose To rest in confidence; rely: followed by on or upon.
    • repose Synonyms To recline, settle, slumber. See rest, intransitive verb
    • n repose The act or state of reposing; inaction; a lying at rest; sleep; rest.
    • n repose Freedom from disturbance of any kind; tranquillity.
    • n repose Settled composure; natural or habitual dignity and calmness of manner and action.
    • n repose Cause of rest; that which gives repose; a rest; a pause.
    • n repose In a work of art, dependence for effect entirely upon inherent excellence, all meretricious effect of gaudiness of color or exaggeration of attitude being avoided; a general moderation or restraint of color and treatment; an avoidance of obtrusive tints and of violent action.
    • n repose =Syn. 1–3. Quiet, Tranquillity, etc. (see rest), quietness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Repose rē-pōz′ to lay at rest: to compose: to place in trust (with on or in): to deposit: to tranquillise
    • v.i Repose to rest: to sleep: to rest in confidence (with on or upon): to lie
    • n Repose a lying at rest: sleep: quiet: rest of mind:
    • n Repose (fine art) that harmony which gives rest to the eye
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  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “The doctrine of human equality reposes on this: that there is no man really clever who has not found that he is stupid.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman -- repose in energy.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Joy, temperance, and repose, slam the door on the doctor's nose.”
  • Thomas Otway
    Thomas Otway
    “Honest men are the soft easy cushions on which knaves repose and fatten.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Laziness. Unwarranted repose of manner in a person of low degree.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. reposer,; L. pref. re-, re- + pausare, to pause. See Pause Pose (v.)


In literature:

Now, Dora, don't run about and get rumpled, but sit quietly down and practise repose till I am ready.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, August, 1863, No. 70" by Various
And they will promise to pray for the repose of my soul when I am dead.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
He began to tire, and nature craved repose, and the physician had urged it.
"Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia" by William Gilmore Simms
Dr. Renton lay down again, but not to repose.
"Little Classics, Volume 8 (of 18)" by Various
A bright little garnet ring reposed on the white velvet.
"Jewel's Story Book" by Clara Louise Burnham
Come, you are jealous; you are haunted with a raging fiend, that robs you of your sweet repose.
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
Where in fact could they have found a spot more favorable for undisturbed repose?
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
A couple of days' repose and his lordship would be himself again.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
There was no thought of death mingled with my meditation; there was, of quiet and repose, but not of death.
"Aunt Phillis's Cabin" by Mary H. Eastman
Repose, in every thing, recruits our frail machine; but, Gentlemen, he who desires repose may not obtain it.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago

In poetry:

"He told me love was like yon troubled deep,
Whose restless billows never know repose,
Are wildly dash'd upon the rocky steep,
And tremble to the slightest breeze that blows!
"Euphelia" by Helen Maria Williams
Repose fills all the generous space
Of undulant plain; the rook and crow
Hush; 'tis as if a silent grace,
By Nature murmured, calmed the face
Of Heaven above and Earth below.
"The Optimist" by James Russell Lowell
Tho' near the Beach, dark Helbrie's lonely Isle,
Reposes sullen in the watry way,
Hears round her rocks the tides, returning, boil,
And o'er her dusky sandals dash their spray.
"Hoyle Lake" by Anna Seward
A place of repose, when the spirit is faint,
And the heart wants to utter a passing complaint:
Of safety; for pure and serene be the air,
And nothing unkind or unholy be there!
"Vignette - XVI" by Matilda Betham
The eyes of man, God needs must open wide,
To see how wretchedly his soul's supply'd —
To see its shocking state, its pains, its woes,
Ere from his Saviour he will seek repose.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Farewell, pure spirit! o'er thine early grave
Oblivion ne'er shall spread her freezing shade;
Nature shall bid her richest foliage wave
Where her reposing fav'rite child is laid.
"Lines _To The Memory Of Mrs. A.H. Holdsworth_," by Sir John Carr

In news:

Enlarge Special to The Plain Dealer “The Repose (Portrait of Berthe Morisot),†from 1870, is rarely lent by the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, according to Nichols.
Rita's repose: Getting catty with fiction.
Scumbag Dreyfuss @ The Webbys (Reddit User: reposed).
"Rhythm and Repose" has been a long time coming.
Hansard is ready to release his first solo album Rhythm and Repose on June 19 under Anti-Records.
After 20 years of making music, he's finally released Rhythm and Repose, a solo record that stretches his own boundaries.
Glen Hansard Rhythm & Repose.
There is a stateliness and repose, a stillness even, in the shots of the land in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven that persuasively evoke the pervasive mood of the film -- melancholy -- and help underscore its predominant theme: death.
Civil Procedure – Statute of repose bars indemnity claim against contractor.
Contract, contractor statute of repose, general statute of limitations , MCL 600.5807(8), MCL 600.5839(1), Michigan Millers Mutual Insurance Co.
For the first time, the Indiana Supreme Court addressed what constitutes an "improvement to real property " as mentioned in the construction statute of repose.
He will lie in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court on Tuesday and Wednesday.
When you're on the verge of slipping down a hill, you're flirting with the angle of repose , and Ethan Wickman slides all around it on this Zeitgeist CD.
Hansard is ready to release his first solo album Rhythm and Repose on June 19 under Anti-Records.
Because Today, After Many Years As Almost the Opposite, the Bronx River Is a Place of Sylvan Repose.

In science:

Fig. 2a shows the variation of the maximum angle of repose with mass flow rate in the system for 2 mm steel balls in an open heap system (filled symbols).
Surface Granular flows: Two Related Examples
FIG. 2: Variation of the (a) maximum angle of repose (βm ) and (b) layer thickness (δ) with mass flow rate ( ˙m) for 2 mm steel balls.
Surface Granular flows: Two Related Examples
For β ≤ βs , we have ¯u = ¯δ = 0, thus there is no steady flow possible if the interface angle is less the static angle of repose.
Surface Granular flows: Two Related Examples
This is consistent with the definition of the static angle of repose.
Surface Granular flows: Two Related Examples
Thus in the rotating cylinder flow the maximum angle of repose can be experimentally obtained by measuring the interface angle at the midpoint of the layer.
Surface Granular flows: Two Related Examples