• WordNet 3.6
    • adj restless worried and uneasy
    • adj restless ceaselessly in motion "the restless sea","the restless wind"
    • adj restless lacking or not affording physical or mental rest "a restless night","she fell into an uneasy sleep"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Restless Deprived of rest or sleep. "Restless he passed the remnants of the night."
    • Restless Never resting; unquiet; uneasy; continually moving; as, a restless child. "Restless revolution day by day."
    • Restless Not affording rest; as, a restless chair.
    • Restless Not satisfied to be at rest or in peace; averse to repose or quiet; eager for change; discontented; as, restless schemers; restless ambition; restless subjects. "Restless at home , and ever prone to range."
    • Restless Passed in unquietness; as, the patient has had a restless night.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • restless Without rest. Deprived of repose or sleep; unable to sleep; sleepless.
    • restless Unresting; unquiet; uneasy; continually moving or agitated.
    • restless Marked by unrest: as, a restless night.
    • restless Unquiet; not satisfied to be at rest or in peace: as, a restless politician; restless ambition; restless passions.
    • restless Inclined to agitation; turbulent: as, restless subjects.
    • restless Unsettled; disposed to wander or to change place or condition.
    • restless Not affording rest; uneasy.
    • restless Synonyms (a–c) Disturbed, disquieted, agitated, anxious.
    • restless Roving, wandering, unstable, fickle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Restless rest′les in continual motion: uneasy: passed in unquietness: seeking change or action: unsettled: turbulent
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  • Lyman L. Bryson
    Lyman L. Bryson
    “We are restless because of incessant change, but we would be frightened if change were stopped.”
  • Elwyn Brooks White
    “Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.”
  • Thomas A. Edison
    “Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.”
  • Joseph Conrad
    “The sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.”
  • John Ruskin
    “Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. restleás,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Rest, cessation from motion.


In literature:

Get restless, you know.
"North of Fifty-Three" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Isabel thought she had never seen any one so restless.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
The audience as a whole grew a little restless; while the next speaker addressed them, one or two men rose and slipped away unobtrusively.
"Quisanté" by Anthony Hope
It was on the evening of a hot day that the baron wandered restlessly over his grounds.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Something in the touch and tone of this spring afternoon made him restless and full of strange thoughts.
"Wayside Courtships" by Hamlin Garland
They were restless; Clara notably, even under her calm.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
She was sleeping soundly and did not hear, for she had been restless during the first part of the night.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
The baby is restless and if the cough is severe it becomes exhausted.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
The scholars grew restless.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
I did not wonder at his restlessness, for I knew how strong ambition must be in a man like him.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)

In poetry:

She like a restless bird,
Would spread her wings, her power to be unfurl’d
And let her songs be loudly heard,
And dart from world to world.
"George Moses Horton, Myself" by George Moses Horton
Thou canst lift this weight away,
Thou canst bid these sighings cease;
Thou canst walk these waves and say
To their restless tossings--"Peace!"
"Beechenbrook - VII" by Margaret Junkin Preston
"Why are these restless, vain desires,
Which always grasp at something more
To feed the spirit's hidden fires,
Which burn unseen, unnoticed soar?
"Fragment" by Margaret Davidson
There is a wandering bark
Bearing one from me o'er the restless wave:
Oh! let thy soft eye mark
His course; — be with him, holiest, guide and save!
"Italian Girl's Hymn To The Virgin" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
"The sons that come back do be restless,
They search for the thing to say;
Then they take thought like the swallows,
And the morrow brings them away.
"Interior" by Padraic Colum
And with your varying views and restless schemes,
Your griefs are transient, as your joys are dreams.
Yet keen those griefs--ah! what avail thy
"The Borough. Letter XII: Players" by George Crabbe

In news:

Strange Looking Tombstone Tells Of Moving Ice, Ancient Climates And A Restless Mind.
Author discusses humans' restless hunt for domination, innovation.
Sundance Channel is 'Restless' with new miniseries.
The Sun's David Zurawik talks about the Sundance Channel's 'Restless,' on WYPR FM's 'Take on Television.'.
Audience grew restless and tittered over some of the film's melodrama.
It's the week before Memorial Day, and I've been feeling restless for months.
Big Boi has always had his ears open to everything and seems to get creatively restless easily.
Cooper plays wealthy Katherine Chancellor on "The Young and the Restless," which aired its 10,000th episode Thursday.
If your date … er, dog … gets restless, not to worry.
Author discusses humans' restless hunt for domination , innovation.
THE GUY tossed restlessly in his bed, night after night, for the better part of a year.
Restless White Fields by Barbara Langhorst, Monkey Ranch by Julie Bruck: Reviews.
WASHINGTON (AP) — His sights fixed firmly on securing a second term, President Barack Obama had hoped that the rest of the world would wait until after the election if it had to grow restless and demand his attention.
His eye fixed firmly on securing a second term, President Barack Obama had hoped that the rest of the world would wait until after the election if it had to grow restless and demand his attention.
The Young and the Restless ' celebrates landmark episode.

In science:

The main question here is to understand whether an equilibrium point can be reached or if the players indefinitely go on changing their strategies in a restless fashion. A key concept is thus the notion of Nash equilibrium (NE) .
Potential Games for Energy-Efficient Resource Allocation in Multipoint-to-Multipoint CDMA Wireless Data Networks
This movement receives its maximum impetus from the dissonance, which creates a feeling of restlessness and activity, whereas consonance is relaxation and fulfillment.
Music in Terms of Science
Van Straaten, S. et al. 2003, in ’The Restless High-Energy Universe’, 5–8 May 2003, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (eds. E.P.J. van den Heuvel, J.J.M. in ’t Zand, & R.A.M.J.
Observations of millisecond X-ray pulsars
Genome-wide association study of restless legs syndrome identifies common variants in three genomic regions.
Asymptotic optimality of the Westfall--Young permutation procedure for multiple testing under dependence
Approximation algorithms for restless bandit problems. J.
Matroid Prophet Inequalities