Definition of at rest in US English:

at rest


  • 1Not moving or exerting oneself.

    • ‘The definition later attracted criticism from Newton on the ground that it implied, incorrectly, that particles inside a moving body were at rest while those on the surface were not.’
    • ‘Consider Aristotle's own riddle about motion: At the instant when an object stops moving, is it in motion or is it at rest?’
    • ‘A reference frame specifies all the trajectories that are regarded as stationary, or at rest in space.’
    • ‘After the first venous blood sample was obtained at rest, strength was evaluated in each leg and a baseline muscle biopsy was performed on the nondominant leg.’
    • ‘Ultrasound scans will then produce moving pictures of the heart both at rest and during stimulation, which doctors believe will enable them to make an improved, more accurate diagnosis.’
    • ‘‘Restless legs’ are an unpleasant creeping sensation deep in the legs when they are at rest, especially in the evening and during the night.’
    • ‘Pulses that arc palpable in the foot while the patient is at rest or with the leg in a dependent position may disappear when the patient exercises.’
    • ‘It may be worse in the evenings when your legs are at rest.’
    • ‘A pure arterial ulcer often has no edema, unless the patient with pain at rest keeps the leg dependent throughout the night for comfort.’
    • ‘People with this sleep disorder feel a creepy-crawly sensation in the legs when they're at rest.’
    1. 1.1 Not agitated or troubled; tranquil.
      ‘if you think something's wrong, consult the doctor and put your mind at rest’
      ‘he felt at rest, the tension gone’
      • ‘The whole atmosphere was relaxed, which did a lot to set my mind at rest.’
      • ‘If you had doubts about how riveting Manet's subject was to audiences of the time, the documentary section of the show set your mind at rest.’
      • ‘Fortunately for Laurie, I'm here to set his mind at rest, for I happen to know that his projections are fundamentally flawed.’
      • ‘When the mind and heart are at rest, they are not important or unimportant, secure or insecure, and this natural state is happiness.’
      • ‘He gave the boys leeway and a free tab at the bar for a limited amount and set his mind at rest.’
      • ‘The practice is simple: sit or lie down and picture in your mind scenes where you are at rest, are calm and peaceful, or are quietly strong.’
      • ‘Tell me, how are you going to use it - just to set my mind at rest from a security perspective?’
      • ‘We want to be calm, at rest, in touch with our senses.’
      • ‘But the way they behaved toward me completely set my mind at rest.’
      • ‘I never asked him to set my mind at rest or anything like that.’
    2. 1.2 Dead and buried.
      • ‘A large Celtic Cross stands in the middle of the plot and there too many of the Jones Family lay at rest underneath.’
      • ‘Her funeral mass was celebrated in the Church and she now lies at rest in Court Abbey cemetery within sight of her home.’
      • ‘From one perspective, Captain Pepper lies peacefully at rest.’
      • ‘I could tell her he was buried at sea and was at rest.’
      • ‘But you also come across real mausoleums, like the cemetery, where on artificially formed hillside terraces over a thousand soldiers lie at rest.’
      • ‘Brother and sister, who were only separated by a year in age, now lie at rest within yards of each other in Rochdale Cemetery.’