Definition for REST

REST, v.i.1 [Sax. restan, hrestan, to pause, to cease, to be quiet; D. rusten; G. rasten; Sw. rasta. See Class Rd, No. 81, 82.]

  1. To cease from action or motion of any kind; to stop; a word applicable to any body or being, and to any kind of motion.
  2. To cease from labor, work or performance. God rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. – Gen. ii. So the people rested on the seventh day. – Exod. xvi.
  3. To be quiet or still; to be undisturbed. There rest, if any rest can harbor there. – Milton.
  4. To cease from war; to be at peace. And the land rested from war. – Josh. xi.
  5. To be quiet or tranquil, as the mind; not to be agitated by fear, anxiety or other passion.
  6. To lie; to repose; as, to rest on a bed.
  7. To sleep; to slumber. Fancy then retires / Into her private cell, when nature rests. – Milton.
  8. To sleep the final sleep; to die or be dead. Glad I lay me down, / As in my mother's lap; there I should rest, / And sleep secure. – Milton.
  9. To lean; to recline for support; as, to rest the arm on a table. The truth of religion rests on divine testimony.
  10. To stand on; to be supported by; as, a column rests on its pedestal.
  11. To be satisfied; to acquiesce; as, to rest on Heaven's determination. – Addison.
  12. To lean; to trust; to rely; as, to rest on a man's promise.
  13. To continue fixed. – Isa. li.
  14. To terminate; to come to an end. – Ezek. xvi.
  15. To hang, lie or be fixed. Over a tent a cloud shall rest by day. – Milton.
  16. To abide; to remain with. They said, the spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. – 2 Kings ii. Eccles. vii.
  17. To be calm or composed in mind; to enjoy peace of conscience.

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