I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German rasta rest and perhaps to Old High German ruowa calm Date: before 12th century 1. repose, sleep; specifically a bodily state characterized by minimal functional and metabolic activities 2. a. freedom from activity or labor b. a state of motionlessness or inactivity c. the repose of death 3. a place for resting or lodging 4. peace of mind or spirit 5. a. (1) a rhythmic silence in music (2) a character representing such a silence b. a brief pause in reading 6. something used for support II. verb Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. a. to get rest by lying down; especially sleep b. to lie dead 2. to cease from action or motion ; refrain from labor or exertion 3. to be free from anxiety or disturbance 4. to sit or lie fixed or supported <
a column rests on its pedestal
5. a. to remain confident ; trust <
cannot rest on that assumption
b. to be based or founded <
the verdict rested on several sound precedents
6. to remain for action or accomplishment <
the answer rests with you
7. of farmland to remain idle or uncropped 8. to bring to an end voluntarily the introduction of evidence in a law case transitive verb 1. to give rest to 2. to set at rest 3. to place on or against a support 4. to cause to be firmly fixed <
rested all hope in his child
5. to desist voluntarily from presenting evidence pertinent to (a case at law) • rester noun III. noun Etymology: Middle English reste, literally, stoppage, short for areste, from Anglo-French arest, from arester to arrest Date: 14th century a projection or attachment on the side of the breastplate of medieval armor for supporting the butt of a lance IV. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French reste, from rester to remain, from Latin restare, from re- + stare to stand — more at stand Date: 15th century something that remains over ; remainder <
ate the rest of the candy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Rest — Rest, n. [AS. rest, r[ae]st, rest; akin to D. rust, G. rast. OHG. rasta, Dan. & Sw. rast rest, repose, Icel. r[ o]st the distance between two resting places, a mole, Goth. rasta a mile, also to Goth. razn house, Icel. rann, and perhaps to G. ruhe …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rest*/*/*/ — [rest] noun I 1) [singular] the part of something that remains, or the people or things that remain I m not really hungry – do you want the rest?[/ex] Rain will spread to the rest of the country by evening.[/ex] The rest of the attackers were in… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Rest — (von lateinisch: restare = „übrig bleiben“/„übrigbleiben“, aus: re = „zurück“, „wieder“ sowie stare = „stehen“; spätmittelhochdeutsch: rest[e]; italienisch: resto = „übrig bleibender Geldbetrag“) bedeutet allgemein etwas, das übrig geblieben ist …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • rest — vi: to bring to an end voluntarily the introduction of evidence in a case the defense rest s vt: to cease presenting evidence pertinent to (a case) I rest my case Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • rest# — rest n Rest, repose, relaxation, leisure, ease, comfort are comparable when they mean freedom from toil or strain. Rest, the most general term, implies withdrawal from all labor or exertion and suggests an opposition to the term work; it does not …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Rest — (r[e^]st), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Rested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Resting}.] [AS. restan. See {Rest}, n.] 1. To cease from action or motion, especially from action which has caused weariness; to desist from labor or exertion. [1913 Webster] God . . .… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • REST — (von lateinisch re stare = übrig bleiben) bedeutet allgemein etwas, das übrig geblieben ist sowie in der Mathematik das, was bei der Division übrigbleibt, siehe Division mit Rest in der Chemie das Gegenstück zur funktionellen Gruppe eines… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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