What does rest mean?

Definitions for rest

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

    Etymology: [For 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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  3. Rest(noun)

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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  4. Rest(noun)

    sleep; slumber; hence, poetically, death

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  6. Rest(noun)

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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  7. Rest(noun)

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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  8. Rest(noun)

    a short pause in reading verse; a c/sura

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  9. Rest(noun)

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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  10. Rest(noun)

    a set or game at tennis

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  12. Rest(noun)

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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  13. Rest(noun)

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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  14. Rest(noun)

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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  15. Rest(noun)

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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  16. Rest(noun)

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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  17. Rest(noun)

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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  18. Rest(noun)

    to be satisfied; to acquiesce

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  19. Rest(verb)

    to lay or place at rest; to quiet

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  20. Rest(verb)

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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  21. Rest(noun)

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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  22. Rest(noun)

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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  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

    Etymology: [For arrest.]

  24. Rest(verb)

    to be left; to remain; to continue to be

    Etymology: [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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. rest

    A pole with an iron fork at the top for the support of the old heavy musket.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. rest

    In tactics, a word of command whereby the men are brought to a position of rest; as, parade rest, in place rest.

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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

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  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

Examples of rest in a Sentence

  1. Marco Rubio:

    Our diverse community treats immigrants with dignity and respect ; the Administration should do the same, that starts with a thoughtful plan rather than a rash decision apparently made by some in the Administration without any consultation with the rest of the government.

  2. Shibley Telhami:

    In essence it's just saying the powerful win and the weak party loses, there's no reference to legality or justice, it's all about who is powerful, who controls, think about the signal that sends the rest of the world.

  3. Vice President Hamilton Mourao:

    We don't want to be labeled by the rest of the world as an environmental villain.

  4. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:

    The next President's job is to have the discipline and strength to wipe ISIS off the face of the earth. It has become impossible to imagine a President Paul defeating radical Islam, and it's time for the rest of us to say it.

  5. Jennifer Mathis:

    The consequence of that : The person is now living with the inability to make decisions about basic things for the rest of their life.

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Translations for rest

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  • 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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