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ˈdɔr məntdor·mant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dormant, hibernating(a), torpidadjective

    in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation

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

  2. dormant, inactiveadjective

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

    "a dormant volcano"

  3. dormant(ip), sleepingadjective

    lying with head on paws as if sleeping

  4. abeyant, dormantadjective

    inactive but capable of becoming active

    "her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened"


  1. dormantadjective

    Inactive, asleep, suspended.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dormantadjective

    Etymology: dormant, French.

    He a dragon! if he be, ’tis a very peaceful one: I can insure his anger is dormant; or should he seem to rouse, ’tis well lashing him, and he will sleep like a top. William Congreve, Old Batchelor.

    If a lion were the coat of Judah, yet were it not a lion rampant, but rather couchant and dormant. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Err.

    With this radius he is said to strike and kill his prey, for which he lies, as it were, dormant, ’till it swims within his reach. Nehemiah Grew, Musæum.

    There were other dormant musters of soldiers throughout all parts of the realm, that were put in readiness, but not drawn together. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    It would be prudent to reserve these privileges dormant, never to be produced but upon great occasions. Jonathan Swift.

    Old dormant windows must confess
    Her beams: their glimmering spectacles,
    Struck with the splendor of her face,
    Do th’ office of a burning-glass. John Cleveland.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dormantadjective

    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. Dormantadjective

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

  3. Dormantadjective

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

  4. Etymology: [See Dormant, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dormant

    dor′mant, adj. sleeping: at rest: not used, in abeyance (as a title): in a sleeping posture: (archit.) leaning.—n. a crossbeam: a joist.—n. Dor′mancy, quiescence.—ns. Dor′mer-win′dow, a vertical window, esp. of a sleeping-room (formerly called dormer), on the sloping roof of a house; Dormi′tion, sleeping.—adj. Dor′mitive, causing sleep (of medicine), as opium.—ns. Dor′mitory, a large sleeping-chamber with many beds; Dor′mouse, a small rodent intermediate between the squirrel and the mouse, so called because torpid in winter:—pl. Dor′mice; Dor′tour (Spens.) a dormitory. [Fr. dormir—L. dormīre, to 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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. dormant

    (Fr.). Sleeping. In heraldic representation, an animal dormant has its head resting on its fore-paws, whereas an animal couchant has its head erect.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dormant in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dormant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of dormant in a Sentence

  1. Erin Kara:

    Tidal disruption events offer us this rare view at the most common kind of supermassive black hole in the universe— these so-called dormant supermassive black holes, tidal disruption events, where the stellar debris causes the formation of a temporary accretion disk, offers us a way to probe this population of supermassive black holes.

  2. James Bond:

    I will be asked about him until my dying days it just goes with the territory. Hes a beloved character. I was honored to play the role and I rejuvenated a franchise that had been dormant. HALLE BERRY CHOOSES NEXT JAMES BOND STAR : ID GO FOR HIM Brosnan previously endorsed Tom Hardy as the next Bond, telling The Mail on Sunday in 2018, I think Tom Hardy could be a good Bond. Id be happy to see him do it. You need an actor who can put a bit of wiggle into it thats what makes Bond. FORMER BOND DIRECTOR SAYS ROBERT PATTINSON SHOULD BE THE NEXT 007 Brosnan also addressed the womanizing spy potentially needing to adapt to a post - #MeToo era. Without question, yes... The #MeToo movement has been relevant and significant and well needed in our society.

  3. Philip Tierno Jr.:

    Once you have the infection, it could remain dormant and with minimal symptoms, and then you can get an exacerbation if it finds its way into the lungs.

  4. Henry Hon:

    The body of Christ cannot be built when the majority of believers are dormant and not exercising their gifts.

  5. Steve Vladeck:

    For years, conservatives have been pressuring the court to reinvigorate long-dormant limits on Congress' power to delegate regulatory authority to administrative agencies.

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