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From the Old English word rest, from a Germanic root.


countable and uncountable; plural rests

rest (countable and uncountable; plural rests)

  1. (uncountable) The relief from work or activity afforded by sleeping; sleep.
    The sun sets, and the workers go to their rest.
  2. (countable) Any relief from exertion; a state of quiet and recreation.
    We took a rest at the top of the hill to get our breath back.
  3. Peace, freedom from trouble, tranquillity.
    Outside my window, the ocean was at rest.
  4. The repose afforded by death.
    She was laid to rest in the village cemetery.
  5. (music) A pause of a specified length in a piece of music.
    Remember there's a rest at the end of the fourth bar.
  6. (music) A written symbol indicating such a pause in a score.
  7. (physics, uncountable) Absence of motion.
    The body's centre of gravity may affect its state of rest.
  8. (snooker, countable) A stick with a U-, V- or X-shaped head used to support the tip of the cue when the cue ball is otherwise out of reach.
    Higgins can't quite reach the white with his cue, so he'll be using the rest.
  9. (countable) Any object designed to be used to support something else.
    She put the phone receiver back in its rest.
    He placed his hands on the arm rests of the chair.

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