- The definition of dormant is someone or something inactive, sleeping or quiet.
An example of dormant is a volcano that isn't currently erupting.
dormant definition by Webster's New World
- as if asleep; quiet; still
- inoperative; inactive
- torpid in winter; in a state of suspended animation
- live, but not actively growing
- Heraldry lying down in a sleeping position: a lion dormant
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French present participle of dormir ; from Late Latin dormire ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dre-, to sleep from source Sanskrit ni-dra, sleep
- dormancy noun
dormant definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive.
- Latent but capable of being activated: “a harrowing experience which . . . lay dormant but still menacing” (Charles Jackson).
- Temporarily quiescent: a dormant volcano. See Synonyms at inactive, latent.
- In a condition of biological rest or inactivity characterized by cessation of growth or development and the suspension of many metabolic processes.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from present participle of dormir, to sleep, from Latin dormīre.
- dorˈman·cy noun
dormant - Science Definition
- Being in an inactive state during which growth and development cease and metabolism is slowed, usually in response to an adverse environment. In winter, some plants survive as dormant seeds or bulbs, and some animals enter the dormant state of hibernation.
- Not active but capable of renewed activity. Volcanoes that have erupted within historical times and are expected to erupt again are dormant.