Definitions for hibernateˈhaɪ bərˌneɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hi•ber•nateˈhaɪ bərˌneɪt(v.i.)-nat•ed, -nat•ing.

  1. to spend the winter in close quarters in a dormant condition, as bears and certain other animals. Compare estivate.

    Category: Zoology

  2. to withdraw or be in seclusion; retire.

Origin of hibernate:

1795–1805; < L hībernātus, ptp. of hībernāre to spend the winter, der. of hibernus. See hibernal


Princeton's WordNet

  1. hibernate, hole up(verb)

    sleep during winter

    "Bears must eat a lot of food before they hibernate in their caves"

  2. hibernate(verb)

    be in an inactive or dormant state

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. hibernate(verb)ˈhaɪ bərˌneɪt

    (of an animal) to be completely inactive during the winter

    The bear hibernates for up to 7 months.


  1. hibernate(Verb)

    To spend winter time in hibernation.

  2. hibernate(Verb)

    To enter a standby state which conserves power without losing the contents of memory.

    Your computer hibernates after it has been idle for the specified amount of time. uE00015683uE001 Microsoft Corp, Use Hibernate and Standby to Conserve Batteries (2001)

  3. Origin: From hibernatus, from hiberno, from hibernus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hibernate(verb)

    to winter; to pass the season of winter in close quarters, in a torpid or lethargic state, as certain mammals, reptiles, and insects


  1. Hibernate

    Hibernate is an object-relational mapping library for the Java language, providing a framework for mapping an object-oriented domain model to a traditional relational database. Hibernate solves object-relational impedance mismatch problems by replacing direct persistence-related database accesses with high-level object handling functions. Hibernate is free software that is distributed under the GNU Lesser General Public License. Hibernate's primary feature is mapping from Java classes to database tables. Hibernate also provides data query and retrieval facilities. It also generates the SQL calls and attempts to relieve the developer from manual result set handling and object conversion and keep the application portable to all supported SQL databases with little performance overhead.

Anagrams of hibernate

  1. breathe in, inbreathe

  2. Breathe in

  3. Inbreathe

Translations for hibernate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of certain animals, eg hedgehogs) to pass the winter in a condition like sleep.

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