What does sleep mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sleep, slumber(noun)

    a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended

    "he didn't get enough sleep last night"; "calm as a child in dreamless slumber"

  2. sleep, sopor(noun)

    a torpid state resembling deep sleep

  3. sleep, nap(noun)

    a period of time spent sleeping

    "he felt better after a little sleep"; "there wasn't time for a nap"

  4. rest, eternal rest, sleep, eternal sleep, quietus(verb)

    euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb)

    "she was laid to rest beside her husband"; "they had to put their family pet to sleep"

  5. sleep, kip, slumber, log Z's, catch some Z's(verb)

    be asleep

  6. sleep(verb)

    be able to accommodate for sleeping

    "This tent sleeps six people"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sleep

    imp. of Sleep. Slept

    Etymology: [OE. slepen, AS. slpan; akin to OFries. slpa, OS. slpan, D. slapen, OHG. slfan, G. schlafen, Goth. slpan, and G. schlaff slack, loose, and L. labi to glide, slide, labare to totter. Cf. Lapse.]

  2. Sleep(verb)

    to take rest by a suspension of the voluntary exercise of the powers of the body and mind, and an apathy of the organs of sense; to slumber

    Etymology: [OE. slepen, AS. slpan; akin to OFries. slpa, OS. slpan, D. slapen, OHG. slfan, G. schlafen, Goth. slpan, and G. schlaff slack, loose, and L. labi to glide, slide, labare to totter. Cf. Lapse.]

  3. Sleep(verb)

    to be careless, inattentive, or uncouncerned; not to be vigilant; to live thoughtlessly

    Etymology: [OE. slepen, AS. slpan; akin to OFries. slpa, OS. slpan, D. slapen, OHG. slfan, G. schlafen, Goth. slpan, and G. schlaff slack, loose, and L. labi to glide, slide, labare to totter. Cf. Lapse.]

  4. Sleep(verb)

    to be dead; to lie in the grave

    Etymology: [OE. slepen, AS. slpan; akin to OFries. slpa, OS. slpan, D. slapen, OHG. slfan, G. schlafen, Goth. slpan, and G. schlaff slack, loose, and L. labi to glide, slide, labare to totter. Cf. Lapse.]

  5. Sleep(verb)

    to be, or appear to be, in repose; to be quiet; to be unemployed, unused, or unagitated; to rest; to lie dormant; as, a question sleeps for the present; the law sleeps

    Etymology: [OE. slepen, AS. slpan; akin to OFries. slpa, OS. slpan, D. slapen, OHG. slfan, G. schlafen, Goth. slpan, and G. schlaff slack, loose, and L. labi to glide, slide, labare to totter. Cf. Lapse.]

  6. Sleep(verb)

    to be slumbering in; -- followed by a cognate object; as, to sleep a dreamless sleep

    Etymology: [OE. slepen, AS. slpan; akin to OFries. slpa, OS. slpan, D. slapen, OHG. slfan, G. schlafen, Goth. slpan, and G. schlaff slack, loose, and L. labi to glide, slide, labare to totter. Cf. Lapse.]

  7. Sleep(verb)

    to give sleep to; to furnish with accomodations for sleeping; to lodge

    Etymology: [OE. slepen, AS. slpan; akin to OFries. slpa, OS. slpan, D. slapen, OHG. slfan, G. schlafen, Goth. slpan, and G. schlaff slack, loose, and L. labi to glide, slide, labare to totter. Cf. Lapse.]

  8. Sleep(verb)

    a natural and healthy, but temporary and periodical, suspension of the functions of the organs of sense, as well as of those of the voluntary and rational soul; that state of the animal in which there is a lessened acuteness of sensory perception, a confusion of ideas, and a loss of mental control, followed by a more or less unconscious state

    Etymology: [OE. slepen, AS. slpan; akin to OFries. slpa, OS. slpan, D. slapen, OHG. slfan, G. schlafen, Goth. slpan, and G. schlaff slack, loose, and L. labi to glide, slide, labare to totter. Cf. Lapse.]

Freebase

  1. Sleep

    Sleep is a naturally recurring state characterized by reduced or absent consciousness, relatively suspended sensory activity, and inactivity of nearly all voluntary muscles. It is distinguished from wakefulness by a decreased ability to react to stimuli, and is more easily reversible than being in hibernation or a coma. Sleep is a heightened anabolic state, accentuating the growth and rejuvenation of the immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems. It is observed in all mammals, all birds, and many reptiles, amphibians, and fish. The purposes and mechanisms of sleep are only partially clear and the subject of substantial ongoing research. Sleep is sometimes thought to help conserve energy, though this theory is not fully adequate as it only decreases metabolism by about 5–10%. Additionally it is observed that mammals require sleep even during the hypometabolic state of hibernation, in which circumstance it is actually a net loss of energy as the animal returns from hypothermia to euthermia in order to sleep.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sleep

    slēp, v.i. to take rest by relaxation: to become unconscious: to slumber: to rest: to be motionless or inactive: to remain unnoticed: to live thoughtlessly: to be dead: to rest in the grave:—pa.t. and pa.p. slept.—n. the state of one who, or that which, sleeps: slumber: rest: the dormancy of some animals during winter: (bot.) nyctitropism.—n. Sleep′er, one who sleeps: a horizontal timber supporting a weight, rails, &c.—adv. Sleep′ily.—n. Sleep′iness.—p.adj. Sleep′ing, occupied with, or for, sleeping: dormant.—n. the state of resting in sleep: (Shak.) the state of being at rest or in abeyance.—ns. Sleep′ing-car, -carriage, a railway-carriage in which passengers have berths for sleeping in; Sleep′ing-draught, a drink given to bring on sleep; Sleep′ing-part′ner (see Partner).—adj. Sleep′less, without sleep: unable to sleep.—adv. Sleep′lessly.—ns. Sleep′lessness; Sleep′-walk′er, one who walks while asleep: a somnambulist; Sleep′-walking.—adj. Sleep′y, inclined to sleep: drowsy: dull: lazy.—n. Sleep′yhead, a lazy person.—On sleep (B.), asleep. [A.S. slǽpanslǽp; Ger. schlaf, Goth. sleps.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. sleep

    1. [techspeak] To relinquish a claim (of a process on a multitasking system) for service; to indicate to the scheduler that a process may be deactivated until some given event occurs or a specified time delay elapses. 2. In jargon, used very similarly to v. block; also in sleep on, syn.: with block on. Often used to indicate that the speaker has relinquished a demand for resources until some (possibly unspecified) external event: “They can't get the fix I've been asking for into the next release, so I'm going to sleep on it until the release, then start hassling them again.”

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Sleep

    A readily reversible suspension of sensorimotor interaction with the environment, usually associated with recumbency and immobility.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. sleep

    A sail sleeps when, steadily filled with wind, it bellies to the breeze.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sleep' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2729

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sleep' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1475

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sleep' in Nouns Frequency: #1127

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sleep' in Verbs Frequency: #302

How to pronounce sleep?

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How to say sleep in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleep in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sleep in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of sleep in a Sentence

  1. Barbara Galland:

    Although many studies find that the average achievement of children with sleep-disordered breathing remains in the range of typical children, children with sleep-disordered breathing may be more at risk for performing below this level, that is, some children with sleep-disordered breathing may be performing less well on the tests. What we do not know is which children are more likely to do less well.

  2. Margarita Argumedo:

    You ca n’t sleep, when you lay down, you start thinking about those that did n’t come back.

  3. Unknown:

    Never lose sight of the importance of a beautiful sunrise, Or watching your kids sleep, or the smell of rain. It's often the little things that really matter in life.

  4. Lisa Martin:

    Call it sleep deprivation or desperation, but something made me want to email the president that night, so I did.

  5. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser:

    People who have a more active lifestyle with more exercise tend to have better gut health. There’s good evidence that poor diets, especially those high in saturated fat, are associated with leaky gut, so when we’re stressed we don’t reach for broccoli, we reach for the donuts, we also sleep more poorly when under stress, and poor sleep can also contribute to leaky gut based on animal data.

Images & Illustrations of sleep

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