Dormant Definition

dôrmənt
adjective
Sleeping.
Webster's New World
As if asleep; quiet; still.
Webster's New World
Present but not active or manifest though capable of becoming so.
American Heritage
Inoperative; inactive.
Webster's New World
Being in a condition of biological rest or inactivity characterized by cessation of growth or development and the suspension of many metabolic processes.
A dormant bud; a dormant bacterium.
American Heritage Medicine
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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.
American Heritage Science
Not active but capable of renewed activity. Volcanoes that have erupted within historical times and are expected to erupt again are dormant.
American Heritage Science

Origin of Dormant

  • Middle English from Old French from present participle of dormir to sleep from Latin dormīre

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dormiēns, present participle of dormiō (“I sleep”).

    From Wiktionary

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