Definitions for dormantˈdɔr mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dor•mant*ˈdɔr mənt(adj.)

  1. inactive, as in sleep; torpid.

  2. being in a state of minimal metabolic activity with cessation of growth.

    Category: Biology, Physiology

  3. undeveloped, unasserted, or inactive; latent:

    talents that lay dormant.

  4. (of a volcano) not erupting.

    Category: Geology

  5. held in abeyance; temporarily inoperative.

  6. (of a pesticide) applied to a plant during a period of dormancy:

    a dormant spray.

    Category: Botany

  7. (of a heraldic animal) lying with the head on the forepaws.

    Category: Heraldry

* Syn: See inactive.

Origin of dormant:

1350–1400; ME dorma(u)nt < AF, prp. of dormir < L dormīre to sleep; see -ant

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dormant, hibernating(a), torpid(adj)

    in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation

    "dormant buds"; "a hibernating bear"; "torpid frogs"

  2. dormant, inactive(adj)

    (of e.g. volcanos) not erupting and not extinct

    "a dormant volcano"

  3. dormant(ip), sleeping(adj)

    lying with head on paws as if sleeping

  4. abeyant, dormant(adj)

    inactive but capable of becoming active

    "her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened"


  1. dormant(Adjective)

    Inactive, asleep, suspended.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dormant(adj)

    sleeping; as, a dormant animal; hence, not in action or exercise; quiescent; at rest; in abeyance; not disclosed, asserted, or insisted on; as, dormant passions; dormant claims or titles

  2. Dormant(adj)

    in a sleeping posture; as, a lion dormant; -- distinguished from couchant

  3. Dormant(adj)

    a large beam in the roof of a house upon which portions of the other timbers rest or " sleep."

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. dormant

    In mine warfare, the state of a mine during which a time delay feature in a mine prevents it from being actuated.

Anagrams of dormant

  1. mordant

Translations for dormant

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not dead but not active

a dormant volcano.

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