- Sleep is the act of slumbering, during which time your body systems refresh themselves.
An example of sleep is laying in bed at night with your eyes closed and having no conscious thought for a period of seven or eight hours.
- Sleep is defined as to slumber, rest or be in a state of inactivity like sleep.
An example of sleep is what you do when you go to bed at midnight, close your eyes and rest through the night.
sleep definition by Webster's New World
- a natural, regularly recurring condition of rest for the body and mind, during which the eyes are usually closed and there is little or no conscious thought or voluntary movement, but there is intermittent dreaming
- a spell of sleeping
- any state of inactivity thought of as like sleep, as death, unconsciousness, hibernation, etc.
- Bot. nyctitropism
Origin: Middle English slep ; from Old English slæp, akin to German schlaf, sleep, schlaff, loose, lax ; from Indo-European an unverified form slab ; from base an unverified form (s)leb-, an unverified form (s)lab-, loose, slack from source lip, limp, Classical Latin labor, to slip, sink
- to be in the state of sleep; slumber
- to be in a state of inactivity like sleep, as that of death, quiescence, hibernation, inattention, etc.
- Informal to have sexual intercourse (with)
- Informal to postpone a decision (on) to allow time for deliberation: let me sleep on it
- Bot. to assume a nyctitropic position at night, as petals or leaves
- to slumber in (a specified kind of sleep): to sleep the sleep of the just
- to provide sleeping accommodations for: a boat that sleeps four
sleep definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A natural periodic state of rest for the mind and body, in which the eyes usually close and consciousness is completely or partially lost, so that there is a decrease in bodily movement and responsiveness to external stimuli. During sleep the brain in humans and other mammals undergoes a characteristic cycle of brain-wave activity that includes intervals of dreaming.b. A period of this form of rest.c. A state of inactivity resembling or suggesting sleep; unconsciousness, dormancy, hibernation, or death.
- Botany The folding together of leaflets or petals at night or in the absence of light.
- A crust of dried tears or mucus normally forming around the inner rim of the eye during sleep.
- To be in the state of sleep or to fall asleep.
- To be in a condition resembling sleep.
- To pass or get rid of by sleeping: slept away the day; went home to sleep off the headache.
- To provide sleeping accommodations for: This tent sleeps three comfortably.
Origin: Middle English slepe, from Old English slǽp; see slēb- in Indo-European roots.
sleep - Ologies & -Isms Definition
sleep - Computer Definition
(1) An inactive state. See sleep mode.
(2) A delay in processing. In a programming language, a sleep statement creates a delay for a specified period of time.
(3) An inactive state of a program. The program resumes processing after receiving a signal.
sleep - Medical Definition
sleep - Phrases/Idioms
- to spend in sleeping; sleep during
- to get rid of by sleeping
- to sleep at the place where one is employed as a household servant
- to sleep later in the morning than one usually does
sleep it off
- to spend in sleeping; sleep throughout
- to sleep outdoors
sleep - Science Definition