resting

adjective

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

Example Sentences

the resting cat was curled up in my favorite chair
Recent Examples on the Web 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, 9 Aug. 2017 The researchers found that girls had higher resting heart rates at age 11 compared with boys. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, 5 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Resting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resting. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

resting

adjective

rest·​ing
: not growing or active : dormant sense 2b
a resting spore

Medical Definition

resting

adjective

rest·​ing
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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