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  Dictionary Definition of rest

rest [1]
1. the refreshing quiet or repose of sleep: a good night's rest.
2. refreshing ease or inactivity after exertion or labour: to allow an hour for rest.
3. relief or freedom, especially from anything that wearies, troubles, or disturbs.
4. mental or spiritual calm; tranquillity: to set one's mind at rest.
5. the repose of death: to lay the dead to rest.
6. cessation or absence of motion: to bring a machine to rest.
7. a pause or interval.
8. Music a. an interval of silence between notes. b. a mark or sign indicating this.
9. Prosody a short pause in reading; a caesura.
10. an establishment for providing shelter or lodging for some class of persons.
11. a piece or thing for something to rest on: an elbow rest.
12. a support, or supporting device.
13. Billiards bridge1 (def. 10).
14. Prison Colloquial a period of imprisonment of one year.
-- verb (i)
15. to refresh oneself, as by sleeping, lying down, or relaxing.
16. to relieve weariness by cessation of exertion or labour.
17. to be at ease; have tranquillity or peace.
18. to repose in death.
19. to be quiet or still.
20. to cease from motion, come to rest, or stop.
21. to become or remain inactive.
22. to remain without further action or notice: to let a matter rest.
23. to lie, sit, lean, or be set ( in, on, against, etc.): his arm rested on the table.
24. Agriculture to lie fallow or unworked: to let land rest.
25. to be found or be (where specified): the blame rests with them.
26. to be fixed or directed on something, as the gaze, eyes, etc.
27. Law to terminate voluntarily the introduction of evidence in a case.
28. Theatre Colloquial to be unemployed, as an actor.
-- verb (t)
29. to give rest to; refresh with rest: to rest oneself.
30. to lay or place for rest, ease, or support: to rest one's back against a tree.
31. to direct (the eyes, etc.): to rest one's eyes on someone.
32. to base, or let depend, as on some ground of reliance.
33. to bring to rest; halt; stop.
34. Law to terminate voluntarily