What does rest mean?

Definitions for restrɛst

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word rest.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. remainder, balance, residual, residue, residuum, rest(noun)

    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"

  2. rest, ease, repose, relaxation(noun)

    freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)

    "took his repose by the swimming pool"

  3. respite, rest, relief, rest period(noun)

    a pause for relaxation

    "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"

  4. rest(noun)

    a state of inaction

    "a body will continue in a state of rest until acted upon"

  5. rest, eternal rest, sleep, eternal sleep, quietus(noun)

    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"

  6. rest(noun)

    a support on which things can be put

    "the gun was steadied on a special rest"

  7. rest(verb)

    a musical notation indicating a silence of a specified duration

  8. rest(verb)

    not move; be in a resting position

  9. rest, breathe, catch one's breath, take a breather(verb)

    take a short break from one's activities in order to relax

  10. rest(verb)

    give a rest to

    "He rested his bad leg"; "Rest the dogs for a moment"

  11. lie, rest(verb)

    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"

  12. rest(verb)

    be at rest

  13. stay, remain, rest(verb)

    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"

  14. rest, reside, repose(verb)

    be inherent or innate in;

  15. rest(verb)

    put something in a resting position, as for support or steadying

    "Rest your head on my shoulder"

  16. perch, roost, rest(verb)

    sit, as on a branch

    "The birds perched high in the tree"

  17. pillow, rest(verb)

    rest on or as if on a pillow

    "pillow your head"

  18. rest(verb)

    be inactive, refrain from acting

    "The committee is resting over the summer"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rest(verb)

    to arrest

  2. Rest(noun)

    a state of quiet or repose; a cessation from motion or labor; tranquillity; as, rest from mental exertion; rest of body or mind

  3. Rest(noun)

    hence, freedom from everything which wearies or disturbs; peace; security

  4. Rest(noun)

    sleep; slumber; hence, poetically, death

  5. Rest(noun)

    that on which anything rests or leans for support; as, a rest in a lathe, for supporting the cutting tool or steadying the work

  6. Rest(noun)

    a projection from the right side of the cuirass, serving to support the lance

  7. Rest(noun)

    a place where one may rest, either temporarily, as in an inn, or permanently, as, in an abode

  8. Rest(noun)

    a short pause in reading verse; a c/sura

  9. Rest(noun)

    the striking of a balance at regular intervals in a running account

  10. Rest(noun)

    a set or game at tennis

  11. Rest(noun)

    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

  12. Rest(noun)

    to cease from action or motion, especially from action which has caused weariness; to desist from labor or exertion

  13. Rest(noun)

    to be free from whanever wearies or disturbs; to be quiet or still

  14. Rest(noun)

    to lie; to repose; to recline; to lan; as, to rest on a couch

  15. Rest(noun)

    to stand firm; to be fixed; to be supported; as, a column rests on its pedestal

  16. Rest(noun)

    to sleep; to slumber; hence, poetically, to be dead

  17. Rest(noun)

    to lean in confidence; to trust; to rely; to repose without anxiety; as, to rest on a man's promise

  18. Rest(noun)

    to be satisfied; to acquiesce

  19. Rest(verb)

    to lay or place at rest; to quiet

  20. Rest(verb)

    to place, as on a support; to cause to lean

  21. Rest(noun)

    that which is left, or which remains after the separation of a part, either in fact or in contemplation; remainder; residue

  22. Rest(noun)

    those not included in a proposition or description; the remainder; others

  23. Rest(noun)

    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

  24. Rest(verb)

    to be left; to remain; to continue to be

  25. Origin: [For arrest.]


  1. Rest

    A rest is an interval of silence in a piece of music, marked by a symbol indicating the length of the pause. Each rest symbol corresponds with a particular note value: The quarter rest may also be found as a form in older music. The combination of rests used to mark a pause follows the same rules as for notes. For more details see note value.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rest

    rest, n. 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: (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. 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: (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.—n. Rest′-cure, the treatment of exhaustion by isolation in bed.—adj. Rest′ful (Shak.), being at rest, quiet, giving rest.—adv. Rest′fully, in a state of rest.—ns. Rest′fulness, the state or quality of being restful: quietness; Rest′-house a house of rest for travellers in India, a dak-bungalow Rest′iness (obs.), sluggishness.—adj. Rest′ing-ow′ing (Scots law), indebted.—ns. Rest′ing-place, a place of security, or of rest, the grave: in building, a landing in a staircase; Rest′ing-spore, a spore which germinates after a period of dormancy; Rest′ing-stage, -state, a state of suspended activity, as of woody plants, bulbs; Rest′ing-while, a period of leisure.—At rest, applied to a body, means, having no velocity with respect to that on which the body stands. [A.S. rest, ræst; Ger. rast, Dut. rust.]

  2. Rest

    rest, n. that which remains after the separation of a part: remainder: others: balance of assets above liabilities.—v.i. to remain.—For the rest, as regards other matters. [Fr. reste—L. restāre, to remain—re-, back, stāre, to stand.]

  3. Rest

    rest, v.t. (coll.) to arrest.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Rest

    Freedom from activity.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. REST

    A trade in which every hobo holds a Union Card for life.

Editors Contribution

  1. rest

    For an individual to have the choice and time to do what they choose.

    When we are not in work we have a rest to choose what to spend out time doing.

Suggested Resources

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rest' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #723

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rest' in Written Corpus Frequency: #628

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rest' in Nouns Frequency: #290

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rest' in Verbs Frequency: #413


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rest in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Shakespeare:

    The rest is silence.

  2. Mesquite High School:

    Rest in Peace, Jordan.

  3. Sir Walter Scott, The Betrothed:

    Too much rest is rust.

  4. Helen Hayes:

    If you rest, you rust.

  5. Aristotle:

    All proofs rest on premises.

Images & Illustrations of rest

  1. restrestrest

Translations for rest

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • rusAfrikaans
  • استراح, استراحة, راحة, أثارة, باقيةArabic
  • dincəlmək, istirahətAzerbaijani
  • адпачыва́ць, спако́й, адпачы́накBelarusian
  • почива́м, о́тдих, почи́вкаBulgarian
  • descansar, reposar, descans, repòs, restaCatalan, Valencian
  • spočívat, odpočívat, zůstat, klid, pauza, odpočinek, oddech, podpěra, zbytekCzech
  • ro, hvileDanish
  • ruhen, Pause, Stillstand, Ruhe, Lehne, Pausenzeichen, Hilfsqueue, Erholung, RestGerman
  • ακουμπώ, ξεκουράζομαι, αναπαύομαι, ξεκουράζω, παύση, ηρεμία, ακινησία, βάση, ανάπαυση, υπόλοιποGreek
  • ripozi, ripozo, kvietmaso, kvieto, subtenilo, paŭzo, restaĵoEsperanto
  • descansar, desistir, reposar, brazo, reposo, pausa, descanso, resto, sobraSpanish
  • puhkus, jääkEstonian
  • atseden hartuBasque
  • استراحت کردن, آرامش, استراحتPersian
  • huilia, levähtää, vetäytyä, [[asettaa]] [[noja, nojata, levätä, jäädä, lepuuttaa, huilata, tukea, lepotila, taukomerkki, lepo, sija, tyyneys, kannatin, lepotauko, tuki, tauko, teline, rauha, noja, paussi, paikka, rauhallisuus, loppuFinnish
  • steðgur, hvíldFaroese
  • reposer, paix, repos, resteFrench
  • glac suaimhneas, sos, fos, támh, scíthIrish
  • leig anail, laigh, cuir, tàmh, fois, anail, tosd, neo-ghluaisneachd, socair, còrr, càchScottish Gaelic
  • descansar, repousar, asueto, descanso, repouso, restoGalician
  • מנוחהHebrew
  • आराम करना, आरामHindi
  • pihen, pihenésHungarian
  • հանգստանալ, հանգիստ, դադար, քունArmenian
  • beristirahatIndonesian
  • apogar, repozarIdo
  • hvíla, hvíld, þögn, rest, afgangurIcelandic
  • riposarsi, riposare, riposo, pace, restoItalian
  • 休む, 休み, 残りJapanese
  • დასვენებაGeorgian
  • демалуKazakh
  • សំរាកKhmer
  • 쉬다, 休息, 휴식Korean
  • эс алыш, дем алыш, дем алууKyrgyz
  • requiesco, jaceoLatin
  • raschten, RaschtLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • poilsisLithuanian
  • atpūtaLatvian
  • okioki, whakanā, mōmōhanga, toengaMāori
  • почива, одморMacedonian
  • विश्रांति करने, आराम, विश्रांतीMarathi
  • hvileNorwegian
  • stilstaan, rusten, daarbij laten, rust, nachtrust, stilstand, kalmte, rest, rusttekenDutch
  • odpoczywać, odpoczynek, resztaPolish
  • repousar, deitar, descansar, pausa, repouso, paz, descanso, apoio, descanso eterno, tranquilidade, sobra, restoPortuguese
  • repauza, odihni, repaus, semn de pauză, pace, odihnă, restRomanian
  • остава́ться, отдыха́ть, отдохну́ть, почива́ть, оста́ться, о́тдых, па́уза, подста́вка, упо́р, поко́й, подпо́рка, оста́токRussian
  • odmoriti, počivati, почивати, одморити, odmor, одморSerbo-Croatian
  • odpočívať, pokoj, odpočinokSlovak
  • spočiti, mirovati, počivati, počitek, oddih, mirovanje, ostanekSlovene
  • pushimAlbanian
  • vila, låta, ligga, paustecken, stöd, paus, restSwedish
  • నిశ్చలము, నూతనోత్సహము, విడుదలగుట, ఉపశమనము, మిగిలినవారు, మిగిలినది, మిగిలినవిTelugu
  • истироҳатTajik
  • พักผ่อน, การพักผ่อนThai
  • dynçTurkmen
  • dinlenmek, dinlenmeTurkish
  • відпочива́ти, відпочи́нок, ре́штаUkrainian
  • آرامUrdu
  • olmoq, dam, istirohatUzbek
  • nghỉ ngơiVietnamese
  • takädönVolapük

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