dormant definition

  • adjective:
    • Lying asleep or as though asleep; sedentary.
    • Latent but capable of being activated: "a harrowing experience which . . . lay dormant but still menacing” ( Charles Jackson).
    • briefly quiescent: a dormant volcano. See Synonyms at sedentary, latent.
    • In a condition of biological rest or inactivity characterized by cessation of development or development and suspension system of numerous metabolic procedures.
    • Inactive, asleep, suspended.
    • lying with head on paws like resting
    • in an ailment of biological remainder or suspended animation
    • (of e.g. volcanos) not erupting and not extinct
    • sedentary but with the capacity of getting active
  • noun:
    • A large ray inside roofing of a house upon which portions for the various other timbers rest or “ sleep.”
    • A beam; a sleeper: formerly additionally dormond, dormant-tree. Additionally dormer. Halliwell.
    • A dish which continues to be from the beginning towards end of a repast, such cool pies, hams, and potted meats, put along the center of the table at a big enjoyment; a centerpiece that is perhaps not eliminated.
  • others:
    • Sleeping; asleep.
    • In heraldry, lying down having its at once its fore paws, as though asleep: stated of a beast used as a bearing.
    • Hibernating: stated of specific animals.
    • In a state of sleep or inactivity; quiescent; maybe not for action, motion, force, or procedure; becoming or kept in abeyance: as, a dormant rebellion; a dormant title; inactive benefits.
    • In botany, perhaps not active or growing.

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