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Definition of Repose


  1. To cause to stop or to rest after motion; hence, to deposit; to lay down; to lodge; to reposit.
  2. To lay at rest; to cause to be calm or quiet; to compose; to rest, -- often reflexive; as, to repose one's self on a couch.
  3. To place, have, or rest; to set; to intrust.
  4. To lie at rest; to rest.
  5. Figuratively, to remain or abide restfully without anxiety or alarms.
  6. To lie; to be supported; as, trap reposing on sand.
  7. A lying at rest; sleep; rest; quiet.
  8. Rest of mind; tranquillity; freedom from uneasiness; also, a composed manner or deportment.
  9. A rest; a pause.
  10. That harmony or moderation which affords rest for the eye; -- opposed to the scattering and division of a subject into too many unconnected parts, and also to anything which is overstrained; as, a painting may want repose.

Repose Quotations

Simplicity and repose are the qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The language of judicial decision is mainly the language of logic. And the logical method and form flatter that longing for certainty and for repose which is in every human mind. But certainty generally is illusion, and repose is not the destiny of man.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Travelers repose and dream among my leaves.
William Blake

A face that is really lovely in repose can fall apart if, when its owner stars to talk, she distorts every feature.
Loretta Young
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Repose Translations

repose in Afrikaans is rus
repose in Danish is hvile, ro
repose in Dutch is rusten
repose in German is ruhen
repose in Latin is otium, silentium
repose in Norwegian is hvile
repose in Portuguese is descansar
repose in Spanish is reposo, descansar
repose in Swedish is vila, ro
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