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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

Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity.
Thomas Merton

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

Travelers repose and dream among my leaves.
William Blake

There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature.
Henry David Thoreau

The home to everyone is to him his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and violence, as for his repose.
Edward Coke
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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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