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rest (center) equivalent to the duration of an eighth note
a. A period of inactivity, relaxation, or sleep: The hikers stopped for a rest.
b. Sleep or the refreshment resulting from inactivity or sleep: Get plenty of rest before the race.
c. The repose of death: eternal rest.
d. Mental or emotional calm: The news put my mind at rest.
2. The state of being motionless; the absence of motion: The car accelerates quickly from a state of rest.
3. The condition of being settled or resolved: a remark that put the matter to rest.
a. An interval of silence corresponding to one of the possible time values within a measure.
b. The mark or symbol indicating such a pause and its length.
5. A short pause in a line of poetry; a caesura.
6. A device used as a support: a back rest.
7. Games See bridge1.
v. rest·ed, rest·ing, rests
a. To cease motion, work, or activity, especially in order to become refreshed: The laborers rested in the shade.
b. To lie down and sleep: rested for an hour on the couch.
a. To be in or come to a motionless state: The can rolled along, finally resting when it hit the curb.
b. To be located or be in a specified place: The manuscript rests in the museum.
c. To be fixed or directed on something: His gaze rested on the necklace.
d. To be unchanged or unresolved: After arguing for an hour, we let the matter rest.
a. To be supported or based; lie, lean, or sit: The ladder rests firmly against the tree.
b. To be imposed or vested, as a responsibility or burden: The final decision rests with the chairperson.
c. To depend or rely: That argument rests on a false assumption.
4. Law To complete the main presentation of one's portion of a legal case: The defense rests.
1. To cause or allow to be inactive or relaxed so as to regain energy: The coach rested his best players. I rested my eyes before studying.
2. To place, lay, or lean, as for support or repose: rested the rake against the fence.
3. To base or ground: I rested my conclusion on that fact.
4. To fix or direct (the gaze, for example).
5. Law To complete the main presentation of (one's portion of a case): The prosecutor was not ready to rest her case.
2. Motionless; inactive.
3. Free from anxiety or distress.
lay/put to rest
1. To bury (a dead body); inter.
2. To resolve or settle (an issue, for example): The judge's ruling put to rest the dispute between the neighbors.
[Middle English, from Old English.]
1. The part that is left over after something has been removed; remainder.
2. That or those remaining: The beginning was boring, but the rest was interesting. The rest are arriving later.
intr.v. rest·ed, rest·ing, rests
1. To be or continue to be; remain: Rest assured that we will finish on time.
2. To remain or be left over.
[Middle English, from Old French reste, from rester, to remain, from Latin restāre, to stay behind : re-, re- + stāre, to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]
A support for a lance on the side of the breastplate of medieval armor.
[Middle English reste, short for areste, a stopping, holding, from Old French, from arester, to stop; see arrest.]