Rest vs Beta - What's the difference?

rest | beta |

As nouns the difference between rest and beta

is that rest is prison while beta is beta (the name of the second letter of the greek alphabet ( )).



(wikipedia rest)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), (m), from (etyl) (m), . Related to (l).


  • (uncountable, of a person or animal) Relief from work or activity by sleeping; sleep.
  • I need to get a good rest tonight; I was up late last night.
    The sun sets, and the workers go to their rest .
  • (countable) Any relief from exertion; a state of quiet and relaxation.
  • We took a rest at the top of the hill to get our breath back.
  • (uncountable) Peace; freedom from worry, anxiety, annoyances; tranquility.
  • It was nice to have a rest from the phone ringing when I unplugged it for a while.
  • * Bible, Judges iii. 30
  • And the land had rest fourscore years.
  • (uncountable, of an object or concept) A state of inactivity; a state of little or no motion; a state of completion.
  • The boulder came to rest just behind the house after rolling down the mountain.
    The ocean was finally at rest .
    Now that we're all in agreement, we can put that issue to rest .
  • (euphemistic, uncountable) A final position after death.
  • She was laid to rest in the village cemetery.
  • (music, countable) A pause of a specified length in a piece of music.
  • Remember there's a rest at the end of the fourth bar.
  • (music, countable) A written symbol indicating such a pause in a musical score such as in sheet music.
  • (physics, uncountable) Absence of motion.
  • The body's centre of gravity may affect its state of rest .
  • (snooker, countable) A stick with a U-, V- or X-shaped head used to support the tip of a cue when the cue ball is otherwise out of reach.
  • Higgins can't quite reach the white with his cue, so he'll be using the rest .
  • (countable) Any object designed to be used to support something else.
  • She put the phone receiver back in its rest .
    He placed his hands on the arm rests of the chair.
  • A projection from the right side of the cuirass of armour, serving to support the lance.
  • * Dryden
  • their visors closed, their lances in the rest
  • A place where one may rest, either temporarily, as in an inn, or permanently, as, in an abode.
  • * J. H. Newman
  • halfway houses and travellers' rests
  • * Milton
  • in dust our final rest , and native home
  • * Bible, Deuteronomy xii. 9
  • Ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance which the Lord your God giveth you.
  • (poetry) A short pause in reading poetry; a caesura.
  • The striking of a balance at regular intervals in a running account.
  • * Abbott
  • An account is said to be taken with annual or semiannual rests .
  • (dated) A set or game at tennis.
  • Synonyms
    * (sleep) sleep, slumber * (relief from exertion) break, repose, time off * (freedom from trouble) peace, quiet, roo, silence, stillness, tranquility * (repose afforded by death) peace * (object designed to be used to support something else) cradle (of a telephone ), support
    * motion * activity
    * bridge
    * (object designed to be used to support something else) arm rest, elbow rest, foot rest, head rest, leg rest, neck rest, wrist rest * (pause of specified length in a piece of music) breve rest, demisemiquaver rest, hemidemisemiquaver rest, minim rest, quaver rest, semibreve rest, semiquaver rest
    Derived terms
    * arm rest * at rest * bed rest * breve rest * chin rest * crotchet rest * day of rest * demisemiquaver rest * elbow rest * foot rest * gun rest * head rest * hemidemisemiquaver rest * incisal rest * lay to rest * leg rest * minim rest * neck rest * parade rest * put to rest * quarter rest * quaver rest * rest area * rest day * rest energy * rest home * rest mass * rest period * rest position * rest stop * restful * restless * restroom * semibreve rest * semiquaver rest * tool rest/tool-rest * whole rest * wolffian rest * wrist rest

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • To cease from action, motion, work, or performance of any kind; stop; desist; be without motion.
  • * Bible, Exodus xxiii. 12
  • Six days thou shalt do thy work, and on the seventh day thou shalt rest .
  • To come to a pause or an end; end.
  • To be free from that which harasses or disturbs; be quiet or still; be undisturbed.
  • * Milton
  • There rest , if any rest can harbour there.
  • (intransitive, transitive, reflexive) To be or to put into a state of rest.
  • * 1485 , Sir (Thomas Malory), (w, Le Morte d'Arthur) , Book X:
  • And thereby at a pryory they rested them all nyght.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 29, author=Jon Smith, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Tottenham 3-1 Shamrock Rovers , passage=With the north London derby to come at the weekend, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp opted to rest many of his key players, although he brought back Aaron Lennon after a month out through injury.}}
  • To stay, remain, be situated.
  • (transitive, intransitive, reflexive) To lean, lie, or lay.
  • A column rests on its pedestal.
  • (intransitive, transitive, legal, US) To complete one's active advocacy in a trial or other proceeding, and thus to wait for the outcome (however, one is still generally available to answer questions, etc.)
  • To sleep; slumber.
  • To lie dormant.
  • To sleep the final sleep; sleep in death; die; be dead.
  • To rely or depend on.
  • * Dryden
  • On him I rested , after long debate, / And not without considering, fixed fate.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Boundary problems , passage=Economics is a messy discipline: too fluid to be a science, too rigorous to be an art. Perhaps it is fitting that economists’ most-used metric, gross domestic product (GDP), is a tangle too.
  • To be satisfied; to acquiesce.
  • * Addison
  • to rest in Heaven's determination
    * relax * (give rest to) relieve * (stop working) have a breather, pause, take a break, take time off, take time out * (be situated) be, lie, remain, reside, stay * lay, lean, place, put * lean, lie
    * (lie down and take repose) sleep, nap
    Derived terms
    * rest assured * rest in peace/RIP * rest on one's laurels

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m) from (etyl) ).


  • (label) That which remains.
  • Those not included in a proposition or description; the remainder; others.
  • * (w) (1635–1699)
  • Plato and the rest of the philosophers
  • * (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Armed like the rest , the Trojan prince appears.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=11 , passage=The rest of us were engaged in various occupations: Mr. Trevor relating experiences of steamboat days on the Ohio to Mrs. Cooke; Miss Trevor buried in a serial in the Century; and Farrar and I taking an inventory of the fishing-tackle, when we were startled by a loud and profane ejaculation.}}
  • A surplus held as a reserved fund by a bank to equalize its dividends, etc.; in the (Bank of England), the balance of assets above liabilities.
  • Synonyms
    * remainder * lave
    Derived terms
    * all the rest


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To remain.
  • Etymology 4

    Aphetic form of (m).


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To arrest.
  • Statistics





  • Identifying a molecular position in an organic chemical compound.
  • Designates the second in an order of precedence.
  • (computing) Preliminary; prerelease. Refers to an incomplete version of a product released for initial testing.
  • associated with the beta male/female archetype.
  • Derived terms

    * * * alphabet * * beta blocker * beta coefficient * beta decay * beta emitter * betalike * beta particle * beta ray * beta reader * beta version * Betamax * betatron


    (en noun)
  • The name of the second letter of the Greek alphabet ( sound of '''v found in the English words ''have'' and ''vase .
  • Used in marking scheme: ?, ?, ? or ?+, ?, ?-, ? etc.
  • (finance) Average sensitivity of a security's price to overall securities market prices.
  • (computing) The phase of development after alpha testing and before launch, in which software, while not complete, has been released to potential users for testing.
  • (computing) A computer program in such a phase; a preliminary version.
  • * 2007 , Michael Lopp, Managing Humans (page 107)
  • He quickly deduced our goal—ship a quality beta —but he also quickly discerned that we had no idea about the quality of the product because of our pile of untriaged bugs.
  • (climbing) Information about a route which may aid someone in climbing it.
  • (physics) A beta particle or beta ray.
  • A beta fish, of the genus Betta .
  • A beta male.
  • * 2006 , Catherine Mann, Blaze of Glory , Harlequin (2006), ISBN 9781459228252, unnumbered page:
  • “I guess in your psychological language of alpha males and beta males, I would be firmly in the camp that prefers the more laid-back betas ,” she took a deep breath, “like your father.”
  • * 2010 , L. A. Banks, "Dog Tired (of the Drama!)", in Blood Lite II: Overbite (ed. Kevin J. Anderson), Gallery Books (2010), ISBN 9781439187654, page 121:
  • “They want sexy, virile alpha males, yes? But that doesn't come with sensitive and loyal and all of that. That's a beta . A frickin' collie, Lola.
  • * 2010 , Terry Spear, Wolf Fever , Sourcebooks Casablanca (2010), ISBN 9781402237577, page 24:
  • She'd always had a thing for alpha males. Not that she had any intention of being bossed around, even if one had her best interests at heart. Her fascination with alphas was that they were a challenge. Betas didn't hold much of an appeal.

    Derived terms

    * betavoltaic * betavoltaics


    (en verb)
  • (computing) To preliminarily release computer software for initial testing prior to final release.
  • (chiefly, Internet) To beta-read a text.
  • * 1999, sqira a., in []
  • My thanks to Heather; who read it and betaed it. Thank you.
  • * 2000 , Elizabeth Durack, quoted in Angelina I. Karpovich, “The Audience as Editor: The Role of Beta Readers in Online Fan Fiction Communities” (essay), in Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse (editors), Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet , McFarland (2006), ISBN 9780786426409, page 180,
  • Beta’ing is time-consuming, so asking a lot of people to give you a detailed analysis isn’t the most polite thing to do.
  • * 2002, Jane Davitt, in []
  • The next part is written and beta'd (thanks, Jen!), ready to go but <shuffles feet> I haven't even started what should be the final part yet.
  • * 2002, Karmen Ghia, in alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated []
  • I had the honor of betaing this story and as I was doing the first read through I had the odd, but lovely, experience when a story suspends the reader in its own rhythm and flow, its own reality.


    * * * ----