A rest is an interval of silence in a piece of music, marked by a symbol indicating the length of the pause. Each rest symbol corresponds with a particular note value:

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  1. Relief from work or activity by sleeping; sleep.
    I need to get a good rest tonight; I was up late last night.
    The sun sets, and the workers go to their rest.
  2. Any relief from exertion; a state of quiet and relaxation.
    We took a rest at the top of the hill to get our breath back.
  3. Peace; freedom from worry, anxiety, annoyances; tranquility.
    It was nice to have a rest from the phone ringing when I unplugged it for a while.
  4. A state of inactivity; a state of little or no motion; a state of completion.
    The boulder came to rest just behind the house after rolling down the mountain.
    The ocean was finally at rest.
    Now that we're all in agreement, we can put that issue to rest.
  5. A final position after death.
    She was laid to rest in the village cemetery.
  6. A pause of a specified length in a piece of music.
    Remember there's a rest at the end of the fourth bar.
  7. A written symbol indicating such a pause in a musical score such as in sheet music.
  8. Absence of motion.
    The body's centre of gravity may affect its state of rest.
  9. A stick with a U-, V- or X-shaped head used to support the tip of a 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.
  10. 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.
  11. A projection from the right side of the cuirass of armour, serving to support the lance.
  12. A place where one may rest, either temporarily, as in an inn, or permanently, as, in an abode.
  13. A short pause in reading poetry; a caesura.
  14. The striking of a balance at regular intervals in a running account.
  15. A set or game at tennis.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. That which remains.
    She ate some of the food, but was not hungry enough to eat it all, so she put the rest in the refrigerator to finish later.
  2. Those not included in a proposition or description; the remainder; others.
  3. A surplus held as a reserved fund by a bank to equalize its dividends, etc.; in the , the balance of assets above liabilities.


  1. To cease from action, motion, work, or performance of any kind; stop; desist; be without motion.
  2. To come to a pause or an end; end.
  3. To be free from that which harasses or disturbs; be quiet or still; be undisturbed.
  4. To be or to put into a state of rest.
  5. To stay, remain, be situated.
  6. To lean, lie, or lay.
    A column rests on its pedestal.
  7. To complete one's active advocacy in a trial or other proceeding, and thus to wait for the outcome (however, one is still generally available to answer questions, etc.)
  8. To sleep; slumber.
  9. To lie dormant.
  10. To sleep the final sleep; sleep in death; die; be dead.
  11. To rely or depend on.
  12. To be satisfied; to acquiesce.

Verb (etymology 2)

  1. To remain.

Verb (etymology 3)

  1. To arrest.

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