from The Century Dictionary.

  • To lay (a thing) at rest; lay by; lay up; deposit.
  • To lay at rest; refresh by rest: with reference to a person, and often used reflexively.
  • To cause to be calm or quiet; tranquilize; compose.
  • To lay, place, or rest, as confidence or trust.
  • To lie or be at rest; take rest; sleep.
  • To rest in confidence; rely: followed by on or upon.
  • Synonyms To recline, settle, slumber. See rest, intransitive verb
  • noun The act or state of reposing; inaction; a lying at rest; sleep; rest.
  • noun Freedom from disturbance of any kind; tranquillity.
  • noun Settled composure; natural or habitual dignity and calmness of manner and action.
  • noun Cause of rest; that which gives repose; a rest; a pause.
  • noun In a work of art, dependence for effect entirely upon inherent excellence, all meretricious effect of gaudiness of color or exaggeration of attitude being avoided; a general moderation or restraint of color and treatment; an avoidance of obtrusive tints and of violent action.
  • noun =Syn. 1–3. Quiet, Tranquillity, etc. (see rest), quietness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete To cause to stop or to rest after motion; hence, to deposit; to lay down; to lodge; to reposit.
  • transitive verb To lay at rest; to cause to be calm or quiet; to compose; to rest, -- often reflexive.
  • transitive verb To place, have, or rest; to set; to intrust.
  • intransitive verb To lie at rest; to rest.
  • intransitive verb Figuratively, to remain or abide restfully without anxiety or alarms.
  • intransitive verb To lie; to be supported; as, trap reposing on sand.
  • noun A lying at rest; sleep; rest; quiet.
  • noun Rest of mind; tranquillity; freedom from uneasiness; also, a composed manner or deportment.
  • noun (Poetic) A rest; a pause.
  • noun (Fine Arts) That harmony or moderation which affords rest for the eye; -- opposed to the scattering and division of a subject into too many unconnected parts, and also to anything which is overstrained.
  • noun (Physics) the inclination of a plane at which a body placed on the plane would remain at rest, or if in motion would roll or slide down with uniform velocity; the angle at which the various kinds of earth will stand when abandoned to themselves.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun dated rest, sleep
  • noun quietness, ease; peace, calmness
  • noun geology period between eruptions of a volcano.
  • verb To lay, to set down.
  • verb To confide or entrust to someone.
  • verb To reside in something.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility)
  • noun the absence of mental stress or anxiety
  • verb put in a horizontal position
  • verb lean in a comfortable resting position
  • verb put or confide something in a person or thing
  • verb lie when dead
  • verb to put something (eg trust) in something
  • noun a disposition free from stress or emotion
  • verb be inherent or innate in


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin repausare ("to lay at rest, quiet, also nourish, intransitive to be at rest, rest, repose"), from Latin re- ("again") + pausare ("to pause, rest"), from pausa ("pause"), from Ancient Greek παῦσις (pausis).


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