dormant, hibernating(a), torpid(adj)
in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
"dormant buds"; "a hibernating bear"; "torpid frogs"
(of e.g. volcanos) not erupting and not extinct
"a dormant volcano"
lying with head on paws as if sleeping
inactive but capable of becoming active
"her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened"
Inactive, asleep, suspended.
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
in a sleeping posture; as, a lion dormant; -- distinguished from couchant
a large beam in the roof of a house upon which portions of the other timbers rest or " sleep."
Origin: [See Dormant, a.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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
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
(Fr.). Sleeping. In heraldic representation, an animal dormant has its head resting on its fore-paws, whereas an animal couchant has its head erect.
The numerical value of dormant in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of dormant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of dormant in a Sentence
According to the Ukrainians, that investigation was dormant at the time.
Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.
The body of Christ cannot be built when the majority of believers are dormant and not exercising their gifts.
We are likely to see more companies launch bonds in durations like 20-years, a maturity which had been dormant issuance-wise.
What we are seeing is evangelicals who have been dormant in the political process that are turning out, it’s something we haven’t seen in a number of years.
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- латентен, спящ, неактивенBulgarian
- latentCatalan, Valencian
- schlafend, inaktivGerman
- κοιμώμενος, αδρανής, κοιμισμένοςGreek
- horroksessa olevaFinnish
- endormi, dormant, inactifFrench
- dìomhairScottish Gaelic
- 休眠中, 休止中Japanese
- suspendat, inactivRomanian
- латентный, уснувший, спящий, неактивныйRussian
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