Definition of at rest in English:

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at rest

1Not moving or exerting oneself: uncurl so your arms and legs are at rest
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  • 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.
  • ‘Restless legs’ are an unpleasant creeping sensation deep in the legs when they are at rest, especially in the evening and during the night.
  • A pure arterial ulcer often has no edema, unless the patient with pain at rest keeps the leg dependent throughout the night for comfort.
1.1Not agitated or troubled: if you think something’s wrong, consult the doctor to set your mind at rest
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  • Fortunately for Laurie, I'm here to set his mind at rest, for I happen to know that his projections are fundamentally flawed.
  • 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.
  • The whole atmosphere was relaxed, which did a lot to set my mind at rest.
1.2Dead and buried: she lies at rest in the churchyard
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  • But you also come across real mausoleums, like the cemetery, where on artificially formed hillside terraces over a thousand soldiers lie at rest.
  • Her funeral mass was celebrated in the Church and she now lies at rest in Court Abbey cemetery within sight of her home.
  • A large Celtic Cross stands in the middle of the plot and there too many of the Jones Family lay at rest underneath.
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