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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RESTING

Celine stared, resting no slight weight on the hot flat-iron.

It was three o'clock, and he would be resting from his work.

He found Austin sitting on the chair by his desk, resting his chin on his elbow.

Resting his head upon his hands, he looked upon them and sighed.

He riveted on the gods his enemies the yoke which had been resting on them.

Virginia, resting her head on Mrs. Ormond's shoulder, wept bitterly.

They pick one another up at resting stations, and go on in companies.

He washed the cut in a stream of water, and after resting himself kept on.

All doing seemed at an end, yea God himself to be resting and thinking.

But you would not deem it vain if you were the woman now resting on your bosom.

WORD ORIGIN

"sleep," Old English ræste, reste "rest, bed, intermission of labor, mental peace," common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon resta "resting place, burial-place," Dutch rust, Old High German rasta, German Rast "rest, peace, repose"), of uncertain origin.

Original sense seems to be a measure of distance (cf. Old High German rasta, which in addition to "rest" meant "league of miles," Old Norse rost "league, distance after which one rests," Gothic rasta "mile, stage of a journey"), perhaps a word from the nomadic period. Unless the original sense is "repose," thence extended secondarily to "distance between two resting place."

The meaning "support, thing upon which something rests" is attested from 1580s. At rest "dead" is from mid-14c., on the notion of "last rest." Rest stop is from 1973. Colloquial expression to give (something) a rest "to stop talking about it" is first recorded 1927, American English.

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