rest·​ing | \ ˈre-stiŋ How to pronounce resting (audio) \

Definition of resting

1 : being or characterized by dormancy : quiescent a resting spore bulbs in the resting state
2 : not undergoing or marked by division : vegetative a resting nucleus

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Synonyms & Antonyms for resting


asleep, dormant, dozing, napping, sleeping, slumbering


awake, sleepless, wakeful, wide-awake

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Examples of resting in a Sentence

the resting cat was curled up in my favorite chair

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This wasn’t the resting place of just one animal: The stone was littered with the remains of at least six individual dinosaurs of different ages and sizes. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "Did Scientists Just Unveil the Biggest Dinosaur of All Time?," 9 Aug. 2017 The researchers found that girls had higher resting heart rates at age 11 compared with boys. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Perusing reports on crime and diversity, broadly defined," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of resting

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of resting was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of resting

technical : taken or measured when you are relaxed and not moving much



Medical Definition of resting

1 : not physiologically active red blood cells in a resting state
2 : occurring in or performed on a subject at rest a resting EEG a resting tremor

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to take the place or position of

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