• "One bolder than the rest stabbed it with a pitchfork."
    "One bolder than the rest stabbed it with a pitchfork."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v rest be at rest
    • v rest stay the same; remain in a certain state "The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it","rest assured","stay alone","He remained unmoved by her tears","The bad weather continued for another week"
    • v rest take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
    • v rest give a rest to "He rested his bad leg","Rest the dogs for a moment"
    • v rest rest on or as if on a pillow "pillow your head"
    • v rest sit, as on a branch "The birds perched high in the tree"
    • v rest not move; be in a resting position
    • v rest put something in a resting position, as for support or steadying "Rest your head on my shoulder"
    • v rest be inactive, refrain from acting "The committee is resting over the summer"
    • v rest be inherent or innate in;
    • v rest have a place in relation to something else "The fate of Bosnia lies in the hands of the West","The responsibility rests with the Allies"
    • n rest freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility) "took his repose by the swimming pool"
    • n rest a support on which things can be put "the gun was steadied on a special rest"
    • n rest a musical notation indicating a silence of a specified duration
    • n rest something left after other parts have been taken away "there was no remainder","he threw away the rest","he took what he wanted and I got the balance"
    • n rest euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb) "she was laid to rest beside her husband","they had to put their family pet to sleep"
    • n rest a state of inaction "a body will continue in a state of rest until acted upon"
    • n rest a pause for relaxation "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
    • ***

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Johnny rests his head on one hand and stares at a bird on the window ledge Johnny rests his head on one hand and stares at a bird on the window ledge
When you quit the trail for a day's rest When you quit the trail for a day's rest
Resting from field Resting from field
The Resting‑place of Overbeck in the Church of San Bernardo, Rome, is marked by a Cross of white marble bordered with black, and bearing the inscription: 'JOANNES FRIDERICUS OVERBECK—IN PACE The Resting‑place of Overbeck in the Church of San Bernardo, Rome, is marked by a Cross of white marble bordered with...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It was believed by Ancient Hindus that the world was a sphere and rested on the back of four elephants, which stood on a turtle
    • Rest A place where one may rest, either temporarily, as in an inn, or permanently, as, in an abode. "Halfway houses and travelers' rests .""In dust our final rest , and native home.""Ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance which the Lord your God giveth you."
    • Rest (Anc. Armor) A projection from the right side of the cuirass, serving to support the lance. "Their visors closed, their lances in the rest ."
    • Rest A set or game at tennis.
    • Rest (Pros) A short pause in reading verse; a cæsura.
    • Rest 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 !"
    • Rest (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.
    • Rest Hence, freedom from everything which wearies or disturbs; peace; security. "And the land had rest fourscore years."
    • Rest (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 Sleep; slumber; hence, poetically, death. "How sleep the brave who sink to rest ,
      By all their country's wishes blest."
    • Rest 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."
    • Rest 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."
    • Rest The striking of a balance at regular intervals in a running account. "An account is said to be taken with annual or semiannual rests ."
    • Rest Those not included in a proposition or description; the remainder; others. "Plato and the rest of the philosophers.""Armed like the rest , the Trojan prince appears."
    • v. t Rest rĕst To arrest.
    • Rest To be free from whanever wearies or disturbs; to be quiet or still. "There rest , if any rest can harbor there."
    • v. i Rest To be left; to remain; to continue to be. "The affairs of men rest still uncertain."
    • Rest To be satisfied; to acquiesce. "To rest in Heaven's determination."
    • Rest To cease from action or motion, especially from action which has caused weariness; to desist from labor or exertion. "God . . . rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.""Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest ."
    • Rest To lay or place at rest; to quiet. "Your piety has paid
      All needful rites, to rest my wandering shade."
    • Rest 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 my fate."
    • Rest To lie; to repose; to recline; to lan; as, to rest on a couch.
    • Rest To place, as on a support; to cause to lean. "Her weary head upon your bosom rest ."
    • Rest To sleep; to slumber; hence, poetically, to be dead. "Fancy . . . then retries
      Into her private cell when Nature rests ."
    • Rest To stand firm; to be fixed; to be supported; as, a column rests on its pedestal.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When the body is resting, it takes in about 10 litres of air every minute
    • rest Fresh; recent.
    • n rest A state of quiet or repose; absence or cessation of motion, labor, or action of any kind; release from exertion or action.
    • n rest Freedom or relief from everything that disquiets, wearies, or disturbs; peace; quiet; security; tranquillity.
    • n rest Sleep; slumber; hence, the last sleep; death; the grave.
    • n rest Stay; abode.
    • n rest That on or in which anything leans or lies for support.
    • n rest Specifically— A contrivance for steadying the lance when couched for the charge: originally a mere loop or stirrup, usually of leather, perhaps passed over the shoulder, but when the cuirass or breastplate was introduced seemed to a hook or projecting horn of iron riveted to this on the left side. This hook also is called rest. A similar hook was sometimes arranged so far at the side, and so projecting, as to receive the lance itself; but, this form being inconvenient, the projecting hook was arranged with a hinge. In the justs of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries the heavy lance was found to require a counterpoise, and the rest was made double, the hook projecting sidewise and a long tongue or bar projecting backward under the arm with a sort of spiral twist at the end to prevent the butt of the lance from rising, so that the lance was held firmly, and required from the juster only the exertion of directing its point.
    • n rest A device of any kind for supporting the turning-tool or the work in a lathe.
    • n rest A support for the barrel of a gun in aiming and firing.
    • n rest In billiards, a rod having fixed at its point a crosspiece on which to support the cue: used when the cue-ball cannot easily be reached in the usual way. Also called bridge.
    • n rest A support or guide for stuff fed to a saw.
    • n rest In glyptics, a support, somewhat resembling a vise in form, attached to the lathe-head, and serving to steady the arm while the edges of graving-tools are being shaped.
    • n rest In pros., a short pause of the voice in reading; a cesura.
    • n rest In music: A silence or pause between tones.
    • n rest In musical notation, a mark or sign denoting such a silence, Rests vary in form to indicate their duration with reference to each other and to the notes with which they occur; and they are named from the notes to which they are equivalent, as follows: breve rest, ; semibreve or whole-note rest, ; minim or half-note rest, ; crotchet or quarter-note rest, or ; quaver or eighth-note rest, ; semiquaver or sixteenth-note rest, ; demisemiquaver or thirty-second-note rest, ; hemidemisemiquaver or sixty-fourth-note rest, . The duration of a rest, as of a note, may be extended one half by a dot, as , or indefinitely by a hold, . The semibreve rest is often used as a measure-rest, whatever may be the rhythmic signature (as a below); similarly, the two-measure rest is like b, the three measure rest like c, the four-measure rest like d; or a semibreve rest or similar character is used with a figure above to indicate the number of measures, as e or feminine
    • n rest A syllable.
    • n rest In accounting, the stopping to strike a balance or sum up the total, as for the purpose of computing commissions or compounding interest. Thus, an annual rest takes place where the rents received by the mortgagee in possession are more than sufficient to keep down the interest, and the surplus is directed to be employed in liquidation of the principal pro tanto.
    • n rest In heraldry, same as clarion and sufflue.
    • n rest Same as mace, 3.
    • n rest In court-tennis, a quick and continued returning of the ball from one player to the other.
    • n rest In the game of primero, the highest or final stake made by a player; also, the hand of cards or the number of points held. See to set up one's rest, under set.
    • n rest Synonyms Pause, Stay, etc. (see stop).
    • n rest Rest, Repose, Ease, Quiet, Tranquillity, Peace. While these words are used with some freedom, rest and repose apply especially to the suspended activity of the body; ease and quiet to freedom from occupation or demands for activity, especially of the body; tranquillity and peace to the freedom of the mind from harassing cares or demands.
    • rest To cease from action, motion, work, or performance of any kind; stop; desist; be without motion.
    • rest To come to a pause or to an end; end.
    • rest To be free from whatever harasses or disturbs; be quiet or still; be undisturbed.
    • rest To take rest; repose.
    • rest To sleep; slumber.
    • rest In botany, to lie dormant. See resting-spore, resting-state, etc.
    • rest To sleep the final sleep; die, or be dead.
    • rest To stand or lie, as upon a support or basis; be supported; have a foundation: literally or figuratively.
    • rest To be satisfied; acquiesce.
    • rest To be fixed in any state or opinion; remain.
    • rest To lean; trust; rely; have confidence; depend for support.
    • rest To be in a certain state or position, as an affair; stand.
    • rest In law, to terminate voluntarily the adducing of evidence, in order to await the counter-evidence of the adverse party, or to submit the case, upon the evidence, to the tribunal for decision. After a party has rested he has no longer a legal right to put in evidence, unless to countervail new matter in the evidence thereafter adduced by his adversary, although the court, for cause shown, may in its discretion allow him to do so.
    • rest To consist or remain in.
    • rest Synonyms To stay, forbear.
    • rest Rest, Repose. Rest signifies primarily to cease from action or work, but naturally by extension to be refreshed by doing so, and further to be refreshed by sleeping. Repose does not necessarily imply previous work, but does imply quietness, and generally a reclining position, while we may rest in a standing position. See stop, n., and rest, n. To depend.
    • rest To give repose to; place at rest: refresh by repose: sometimes used reflexively: as, to rest one's self (that is, to cease from exertion for the purpose of recruiting one's energies).
    • rest To lay or place, as on a support, basis, or foundation: literally or figuratively.
    • rest To leave; allow to stand.
    • rest To be left.; remain.
    • rest To continue to be; remain: as, rest assured that it is true.
    • rest To keep; cause to continue or remain: used with a predicate adjective following and qualifying the object.
    • n rest That which is left, or which remains after the separation of a part, either in fact or in contemplation; remainder.
    • n rest Those not included in a proposition or description; others.
    • n rest Balance; difference; specifically, in the weekly reports of the Bank of England, the balance of assets above liabilities, forming a sort of reserve fund against contingencies.
    • n rest Synonyms Residue, etc. See remainder.
    • rest To arrest.
    • rest An obsolete form of reast.
    • rest A dialectal variant of roast.
    • n rest An obsolete phonetic spelling of wrest.
    • n rest Any fixed period during which interest accrues and at the end of which a balance is struck, interest accruing from thence on the balance struck, thus giving the benefit of compound interest: a terra in common use in computing interest on mortgages, trust funds, and the like.
    • n rest In anatomy, a minute accessory suprarenal gland embedded in the kidney or the liver.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.
    • n Rest rest cessation from motion or disturbance: peace: quiet: sleep: the final sleep, or death: place of rest, as an inn, &c.: repose: release: security: tranquillity: stay: that on which anything rests or is supported: a pause of the voice in reading:
    • v.i Rest to cease from action or labour: to be still: to repose: to sleep: to be dead: to be supported: to lean or trust: to be satisfied: to come to an end: to be undisturbed: to take rest: to lie: to trust:
    • n Rest rest that which remains after the separation of a part: remainder: others: balance of assets above liabilities
    • v.i Rest to remain
    • v.t Rest rest (coll.) to arrest.
    • n Rest rest (mus.) an interval between tones, also its mark: in ancient armour, a projection from the cuirass to support the lance: a quick and continued returning of the ball at tennis: in the game of primero, the final stake made by the player
    • v.i Rest (law) to terminate voluntarily the adducing of evidence: to be in the power of, as 'it rests with you.'—v.t. to lay at rest: to quiet: to place on a support
    • ***


  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “He who seeks rest finds boredom. He who seeks work finds rest.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.”
  • Robert Montgomery
    Robert Montgomery
    “Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.”
  • Carl Jung
    “Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.”
  • Jackie Mason
    Jackie Mason
    “I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.”
  • Laurence Sterne
    “Men tire themselves in pursuit of rest.”


No rest for the weary - No rest for the weary means that you must keep on working even though you're exhausted or tired.
No rest for the wicked - Bad people will not be at ease or will be tormented.('No peace for the wicked' is also used.)
Rest is gravy - (USA) If the rest is gravy, it is easy and straightforward once you have reached that stage.
Rest on your laurels - If someone rests on their laurels, they rely on their past achievements, rather than trying to achieve things now.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. rest, ræst, rest; akin to D. rust, G. rast,. OHG. rasta, Dan. & Sw. rast, rest, repose, Icel. röst, the distance between two resting places, a mole, Goth. rasta, a mile, also to Goth. razn, house, Icel. rann, and perhaps to G. ruhe, rest, repose, AS. rōw, Gr. 'erwh`. Cf. Ransack


In literature:

The world seemed to be divided into two parts, the rest of it and that tunnel.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
I always wish, madam, to rest my eyes where my wife's have rested.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
To the rest of the world little or nothing was explained.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
We rested there two days.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
He had a mind to sit down upon the bank beneath the apple trees and rest.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Of the eight men aboard two were killed outright and the rest thrown into the sea.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
The turf ran in to the very edge of the precipice, and on the same level with the rest of the plain.
"The White Chief" by Mayne Reid
The rest is in the Lord's hands.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Others are spheroidal in shape, resting upon the surface of the parched earth.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
While at rest the leg is flexed at the joint affected, and the toe rests on the ground.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture

In poetry:

Then cleave more closely to my breast,
And I will closer cleave to thine:
Thy bosom is my sweetest rest—
Oh, rest thy weary head on mine!
"To--" by Thomas Cooper
We ceased: a gentler feeling crept
Upon us: surely rest is meet:
"They rest," we said, "their sleep is sweet,"
And silence follow'd, and we wept.
"In Memoriam A. H. H. Obiit MDCCCXXXIII" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
You must not weep; I believe I'd hear your tears
Tho' sleeping in a tomb:
My rest would not be rest, if in your years
There floated clouds of gloom.
"M * * *" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Rest, my little baby dear,
I will watch thy rest,
Thou shalt feel the waters near
Only on my breast ;
In the strong and tender tide
Still my love shall be thy guide.
"To My Children" by Dollie Radford
Roses! round the shrine and aisle!
Which of all I loved the best,
I have gone to rest awhile
Where the wavelets never rest --
Ye are dearer far to me
Than the ever restless sea.
"Sea Rest" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Of all the works we do — to serve the Lord,
Is the most needful, and by much the best —
It always does the surest gains afford,
And brings in greater int'rest than the rest.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Fame and Fortune Laid to Rest.
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Her left elbow rests on his right elbow in line with his shoulders.
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Transfer to cutting board, tent with foil, and let rest 10 minutes.
A portion of the wine ages in new French oak barrels, and the remainder rests for 5 months in large Slovenian casks before bottling.
John Baizley and the rest of Baroness are back in the US, recovering from a brutal bus accident in the U.K.
"I have no problem doing it for the rest of my life," the 17-year-old said.
William Perlman/The Star Ledger Brett Gardner may be a spectator for the rest of the season.
Stephen Curry's right ankle still isn't 100% and the point guard could miss the rest of the season for the Golden State Warriors while in rehabilitation.
Rutgers QB Gary Nova expected to be full go Thursday after resting arm today.
Remove steak from pan and let rest.
Today, in a simple Mass, the family of Leobardo López laid their hopes, but not his body, to rest.
Baffert said Lookin At Lucky has earned a rest.
Yergin's bullish view has something in common with the views of the pessimists -- it rests on unknowns.

In science:

E (Z ) = M (Z )c2 , M (Z ) being the equivalent mass of this state. M (Z ) is rest mass for this state in the frame S0 in which the state is at rest.
A Sketch for a Quantum Theory of Gravitity
G is the constant of gravitation mp is the rest mass of a proton and me = m0 is the rest mass of an electron. α is the dimensionless coupling constant for the electromagnetic field.
A Sketch for a Quantum Theory of Gravitity
In other words, any proton can have a high gravitational velocity relative to its distant rest mass generating graviton’s rest frame.
A Sketch for a Quantum Theory of Gravitity
The first boost transforms the spectrum from the rest frame of a (in which h is injected with energy Eprod ) to the rest frame of A.
Spectra of neutrinos from dark matter annihilations
This procedure arose from concerns that the rest frame V light curves for the high-redshift sample are more poorly sampled than the rest frame B light curves, which is not the case for the low-redshift sample.
Measurement of \Omega_m, \Omega_{\Lambda} from a blind analysis of Type Ia supernovae with CMAGIC: Using color information to verify the acceleration of the Universe