Rest v. i. [imp. & p. p. Rested; p. pr. & vb. n. Resting.]
1. To cease from action or motion, especially from action which has caused weariness; to desist from labor or exertion.
God . . . rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. --Gen. ii. 2.
Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest. --Ex. xxiii. 12.
2. To be free from whatever wearies or disturbs; to be quiet or still.
There rest, if any rest can harbor there. --Milton.
3. To lie; to repose; to recline; to lan; as, to rest on a couch.
4. To stand firm; to be fixed; to be supported; as, a column rests on its pedestal.
5. To sleep; to slumber; hence, poetically, to be dead.
Fancy . . . then retries
Into her private cell when Nature rests. --Milton.
6. To lean in confidence; to trust; to rely; to repose without anxiety; as, to rest on a man's promise.
On him I rested, after long debate,
And not without considering, fixed my fate. --Dryden.
7. To be satisfied; to acquiesce.
To rest in Heaven's determination. --Addison.
To rest with, to be in the power of; to depend upon; as, it rests with him to decide.
Rest·ing, a. & n. from Rest, v. t. & i.
Resting spore Bot., a spore in certain orders of algae, which remains quiescent, retaining its vitality, for long periods of time.