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REST, n. L. resto, if the latter is a compound of re and sto but is an original word. See Verb.

1. Cessation of motion or action of any kind, and applicable to any body or being as rest from labor rest from mental exertion rest of body or mind. A body is at rest, when it ceases to move the mind is at rest, when it ceases to be disturbed or agitated the sea is never at rest. Hence,
2. Quiet repose a state free from motion or disturbance a state of reconciliation to God.

Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest to your souls. Matthew 11 .

3. Sleep as, retire to rest.
4. Peace national quiet.

The land had rest eighty years. Judges 3 . Deuteronomy 12 .

5. The final sleep, death.
6. A place of quiet permanent habitation.

Ye are not as yet come to the rest, and to the inheritance which the Lord your God giveth you. Deuteronomy 12 .

7. Any place of repose.

In dust, our final rest, and native home.

8. That on which any thing leans or lies for support. 1 Kings 6 .

Their vizors clos'd, their lances in the rest.

9. In poetry, a short pause of the voice in reading a cesura.
10. In philosophy, the continuance of a body in the same place.
11. Final hope.

Sea fights have been final to the war but this is, when princes set up their rest upon the battle. Obs.

12. Cessation from tillage. Leviticus 25 .
13. The gospel church or new covenant state in which the people of God enjoy repose, and Christ shall be glorified.

Isaiah 11 .

14. In music, a pause an interval during which the voice is intermitted also, the mark of such intermission.

REST, n. L. resto.

1. That which is left, or which remains after the separation of a part, either in fact or in contemplation remainder.

Religion gives part of its reward in hand, the present comfort of having done our duty, and for the rest, it offers us the best security that heaven can give.

2. Others those not included in a proposition or description. In this sense, rest is a noun, but with a singular termination expressing plurality.

Plato and the rest of the philosophers -

Arm'd like the rest, the Trojan prince appears.

The election hath obtained it and the rest were blinded. Romans 11 .


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. Genesis 2 .

So the people rested on the seventh day. Exodus 16 .

3. To be quiet or still to be undisturbed.

There rest, if any rest can harbor there.

4. To cease from war to be at peace.

And the land rested from war. Joshua 11 .

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.

8. to sleep the final sleep to die or be dead.

Glad I'd lay me down, as in my mother's lap ther I should rest, and sleep secure.

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.
12. To lean to trust to rely as, to rest on a man's promise.
13. To continue fixed. Isaiah 51 .
14. To terminate to come to an end. Ezekiel 16 .
15. To hang, lie or be fixed.

Over a tent a cloud shall rest by day.

16. To abide to remain with.

They said, the spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. 2 Kings 2 . Ecclesiastes 7 .

17. To be calm or composed in mind to enjoy peace of conscience.

REST, To be left to remain. Obs.


1. To lay at rest to quiet.

Your piety has paid all needful rites, to rest my wandering shade.

2. To place, as on a support. We rest our cause on the truth of the Scripture.

Her weary head upon your bosom rest.

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