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ˈrɛst lɪsrest·less

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. restless, ungratified, unsatisfiedadjective

    worried and uneasy

  2. restlessadjective

    ceaselessly in motion

    "the restless sea"; "the restless wind"

  3. restless, uneasyadjective

    lacking or not affording physical or mental rest

    "a restless night"; "she fell into an uneasy sleep"


  1. restlessadjective

    Not allowing or affording rest.

    The night before his wedding was a restless one.

  2. restlessadjective

    Without rest; unable to be still or quiet; uneasy; continually moving.

  3. restlessadjective

    Not satisfied to be at rest or in peace; averse to repose; eager for change; discontented.

    A restless ambition.

  4. restlessadjective

    Deprived of rest or sleep.

    They remained restless, sitting by the window the entire night.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Restlessadjective

    Etymology: from rest.

    Restless he pass’d the remnants of the night,
    Till the fresh air proclaim’d the morning nigh:
    And burning ships, the martyrs of the fight,
    With paler fires beheld the eastern sky. Dryden.

    Ease to the body some, none to the mind
    From restless thoughts, that like a deadly swarm
    Of hornets arm’d, no sooner found alone,
    But rush upon me thronging, and present
    Times past, what once I was, and what I’m now. John Milton.

    Could we not wake from that lethargick dream,
    But to be restless in a worse extreme. John Denham.

    We find our souls disordered and restless, tossed and disquieted by passions, ever seeking happiness in the enjoyments of this world, and ever missing what they seek. Francis Atterbury.

    What tongue can speak the restless monarch’s woes,
    When God and Nathan were declar’d his foes. Matthew Prior.

    He was stout of courage, strong of hand,
    Bold was his heart, and restless was his spright. Edward Fairfax.

    He’s proud, fantastick, apt to change,
    Restless at home, and ever prone to range. Dryden.

    How could nature on their orbs impose
    Such restless revolution, day by day
    Repeated. John Milton.


  1. Restless

    Restless is a 1968 song written by Carl Perkins and released as a single on Columbia Records. The song was recorded on September 27, 1968, and released as a 45 single, 4-44723, on Columbia, in December, 1968, backed with "11-43", reaching no. 20 on the Billboard country chart. The recording, produced by Bill Denny and Larry Butler, also appeared on the May, 1969 Columbia LP Carl Perkins' Greatest Hits. The song also appeared on the 1992 Carl Perkins compilation album Restless: The Columbia Recordings. The song became a major hit again in 1991 in a new all-star recording by Mark O'Connor and The New Nashville Cats. Carl Perkins performed the song on the Kraft Music Hall episode hosted by Johnny Cash on April 16, 1969.


  1. restless

    Restless refers to a state of being unable to relax, rest, or stay still, often due to anxiety, boredom, or dissatisfaction. It can also describe constantly changing, moving, or being active. In general, it denotes a sense of being unsettled or uneasy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Restlessadjective

    never resting; unquiet; uneasy; continually moving; as, a restless child

  2. Restlessadjective

    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

  3. Restlessadjective

    deprived of rest or sleep

  4. Restlessadjective

    passed in unquietness; as, the patient has had a restless night

  5. Restlessadjective

    not affording rest; as, a restless chair


  1. Restless

    "Restless" is the 22nd episode and season finale of season four of the fantasy television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the 78th episode of the series overall. The episode was written and directed by the show's creator Joss Whedon and originally aired on The WB in the United States on May 23, 2000. The premise of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is that an adolescent girl, Buffy Summers, is chosen by mystical forces and given superhuman powers to kill vampires, demons, and other evil creatures in the fictional town of Sunnydale. She is supported by a close circle of family and friends, nicknamed the Scooby Gang. "Restless" centers on the dreams of the four main characters after enduring an exhausting fight in the previous episode. The dreams are used to comment on the characters—their fears, their past and their possible future. Consistent with each dream is the presence of the First Slayer who hunts and kills them one by one until, in the final sequence, she is confronted and disempowered by Buffy. The episode serves as a coda to the fourth season instead of a climax, as Whedon wanted to achieve something different for a season finale. Whedon experimented with several filming techniques to make the episode as dreamlike as possible. The episode also foreshadows upcoming events, most notably the first appearance of Buffy's sister Dawn and Buffy's death. Buffy scholar Nikki Stafford calls the surrealistic episode "unprecedented in television", saying it is "so jam-packed with information that we'll probably be seeing allusions to it for the rest of the series", and referring to it as a "mysterious lead-in to the emotionally turbulent season five". "Restless" received high praise from critics upon airing, particularly for its character development, visual direction, and wit. It is frequently noted as one of the best episodes of the series.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Restless

    rest′les, adj. in continual motion: uneasy: passed in unquietness: seeking change or action: unsettled: turbulent.—adv. Rest′lessly.—n. Rest′lessness. [Rest, cessation from motion.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of restless in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of restless in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of restless in a Sentence

  1. Pina LoGiudice:

    The first thing is definitely magnesium. That will actually help with restless leg syndrome or if you have any low back cramping, calcium is quite wonderful because ... your body will cause more aches and pains because you're trying to build your baby, and so you yourself become deficient. Acupuncture is phenomenal and safe for those low back pains or sciatica or that neck stiffness.

  2. Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet:

    For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun? And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?

  3. Comedian Jon Stewart:

    This show doesn't deserve an even slightly restless host and neither do you.

  4. Dianne Augelli:

    When you're pregnant, your blood volume expands so you have anemia to some degree, one of the theories is that there's not enough iron in a specific part of the brain that produces dopamine and that can trigger restless legs.

  5. Natalie Dautovich:

    We know that consuming alcohol within two to three hours of bedtime can actually have an adverse effect on sleep, a rebound effect that causes people to wake up and have restless sleep.

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