Sleep is defined as to slumber, rest or be in a state of inactivity like sleep.(verb)
An example of sleep is what you do when you go to bed at midnight, close your eyes and rest through the night.
Sleep is the act of slumbering, during which time your body systems refresh themselves.(noun)
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.
See sleep in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME slep < OE slæp, akin to Ger schlaf, sleep, schlaff, loose, lax < IE *slab < base *(s)leb-, *(s)lab-, loose, slack > lip, limp, L labor, to slip, sink
See sleep in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English slepe
Origin: , from Old English slǽp; see slēb- in Indo-European roots.
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1. the process of hypnotizing oneself.
2. the resulting state.
the practice of hypnotism by Dr. James Braid, British physician, in the mid 19th century.
an obsession with bed rest.
an abnormal fear or dislike of going to bed.
Obsolete, the act of lulling or rocking to sleep.
the state of being dormant or inert.
a somnambulist, or sleepwalker.
somnambulism. —hypnobate, n.
the science dealing with the phenomena of sleep and hypnotism. See also hypnosis. — hypnologist, n. —hypnologic, hypnological, adj.
a mania for sleep.
the art or process of learning while asleep by means of lessons recorded on disk or tapes.
an abnormal fear of sleep.
the condition of sleepwalking only in the moonlight. Cf. somnambulism. —lunambulist, n. —lunambulistic, adj.
Medicine. a numbness often feit upon waking from sleep.
Pathology. a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable lapses into deep sleep. — narcoleptic, adj. —narcolept, n.
1. a method of treating certain mental disorders by inducing sleep through barbiturates.
2. a type of psychotherapy involving the use of hypnotic drugs. Also narcoanalysis. —narcotherapist, n.
somnambulism. Also noctambulation. —noctambulist, noctambule, n. —noctambulous, noctambulant, noctambulisdc, adj.
the condition of sleepwalking. Also called hypnobatia, noctambulism. —somnambulant, n., adj. —somnambulist, n. —somnambulistic, adj.
1. the tendency to talk in one’s sleep. Also somniloquy.
2. the words spoken. —somniloquist, n. —somniloquous, adj.
a state of sleep induced by hypnosis or mesmerism.
the condition of drowsiness or sleepiness. Also somnolency, somnolism. —somnolent, adj.
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