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1. Never resting; unquiet; uneasy; continually moving; as, a restless child. Restless revolution day by day.

2. Not satisfied to be at rest or in peace; averse to repose or quiet; eager for change; discontented; as, restless schemers; restless ambition; restless subjects. Restless at home, and ever prone to range.

3. Deprived of rest or sleep. Restless he passed the remnants of the night. (Dryden)

4. Passed in unquietness; as, the patient has had a restless night.

5. Not affording rest; as, a restless chair. Restless thrush.

(Science: zoology) See grinder.

Synonym: Unquiet, uneasy, disturbed, disquieted, sleepless, agitated, unsettled, roving, wandering.

Origin: AS. Restleas.