1. A lying at rest; sleep; rest; quiet.
Shake off the golden slumber of repose. --Shak.
2. Rest of mind; tranquillity; freedom from uneasiness; also, a composed manner or deportment.
3. Poetic A rest; a pause.
4. 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; as, a painting may want repose.
Angle of repose 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.
Syn: -- Rest; recumbency; reclination; ease; quiet; quietness; tranquillity; peace.
Re·pose, v. i.
1. To lie at rest; to rest.
Within a thicket I reposed. --Chapman.
2. Figuratively, to remain or abide restfully without anxiety or alarms.
It is upon these that the soul may repose. --I. Taylor.
3. To lie; to be supported; as, trap reposing on sand.
Syn: -- To lie; recline; couch; rest; sleep; settle; lodge; abide.
Re·pose v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reposed p. pr. & vb. n. Reposing.]
1. To cause to stop or to rest after motion; hence, to deposit; to lay down; to lodge; to reposit. [Obs.]
But these thy fortunes let us straight repose
In this divine cave's bosom. --Chapman.
Pebbles reposed in those cliffs amongst the earth . . . are left behind. --Woodward.
2. To lay at rest; to cause to be calm or quiet; to compose; to rest, -- often reflexive; as, to repose one's self on a couch.
All being settled and reposed, the lord archbishop did present his majesty to the lords and commons. --Fuller.
After the toil of battle to repose
Your wearied virtue. --Milton.
3. To place, have, or rest; to set; to intrust.
The king reposeth all his confidence in thee. --Shak.
n 1: freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility);
"took his repose by the swimming pool" [syn: rest, ease,
2: the absence of mental stress or anxiety [syn: peace, peacefulness,
peace of mind, serenity, heartsease, ataraxis]
3: a disposition free from stress or emotion [syn: quiet, placidity,
serenity, tranquillity, tranquility]
v 1: put or confide something in a person or thing; "These
philosophers reposed the law in the people"
2: be inherent or innate in; [syn: rest, reside]
3: lie when dead; "Mao reposes in his mausoleum"
4: lean in a comfortable resting position; "He was reposing on
the couch" [syn: recumb, recline]
5: put in a horizontal position; "lay the books on the table";
"lay the patient carefully onto the bed" [syn: lay, put
6: to put something (eg trust) in something; "The nation
reposed its confidence in the King"