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{{11}}rest (n.1) "sleep," O.E. ræste, reste "rest, bed, intermission of labor, mental peace," from P.Gmc. *rastjo, *rasto. Original sense seems to be a measure of distance (Cf. O.H.G. rasta "league of miles," O.N. rost "league, distance after which one rests," Gothic rasta "mile, stage of a journey"), perhaps a word from the nomadic period. The meaning "support, thing upon which something rests" is attested from 1580s. At rest "dead" is from mid-14c. Rest stop is from 1973. Colloquial expression to give (something) a rest "to stop talking about it" is first recorded 1927, American English.
{{12}}rest (n.2) "remainder," early 15c., from M.Fr. reste "remnant," from rester "to remain," from L. restare "stand back, be left," from re- "back" (see RE- (Cf. re-)) + stare "to stand" (see STET (Cf. stet)). Related Middle English verb resten (mid-15c.) is in rest assured.
{{12}}rest (v.) O.E. ræstan, restan "to rest," from root of REST (Cf. rest) (n.1). Related: RESTED (Cf. Rested); resting. Phrase rest you merry is from 1540s (God rest you merry, gentlemen, often is mis-punctuated).

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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

  • rest — REST, resturi, s.n. 1. Ceea ce rămâne dintr un tot, dintr un ansamblu din care cea mai mare parte a fost consumată, îndepărtată, luată, scoasă; rămăşiţă. 2. Tot ceea ce nu face parte din rândul lucrurilor menţionate anterior. 3. Sumă de bani care …   Dicționar Român

  • rest — Ⅰ. rest [1] ► VERB 1) cease work or movement in order to relax or recover strength. 2) allow to be inactive in order to regain or save strength or energy. 3) place or be placed so as to stay in a specified position: his feet rested on the table.… …   English terms dictionary

  • rest — rest2 [rest] n. [ME < MFr reste < OFr rester, to rest, remain < L restare, to stop, stand, rest, remain < re , back + stare, to STAND] 1. what is left after part is taken away; remainder 2. [with pl. v.] the others: Used with the vi.… …   English World dictionary

  • rest — [n1] inactivity break, breather*, breathing space*, calm, calmness, cessation, coffee break*, comfort, composure, cutoff, downtime*, doze, dreaminess, ease, forty winks*, halt, holiday, hush, idleness, interlude, intermission, interval, leisure,… …   New thesaurus


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