Dormant meaning

dôrmənt
Not awake; asleep.
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The definition of dormant is someone or something inactive, sleeping or quiet.

An example of dormant is a volcano that isn't currently erupting.

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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.

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Present but not active or manifest though capable of becoming so.
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Temporarily inactive.

A dormant volcano.

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Not active but capable of renewed activity. Volcanoes that have erupted within historical times and are expected to erupt again are dormant.
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Grass goes dormant during the winter, waiting for spring before it grows again.

The bank account was dormant; there had been no transactions in months.

This volcano is dormant but not extinct.

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Lying down in a sleeping position.

A lion dormant.

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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.
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(heraldry) In a sleeping posture; distinguished from couchant.

A lion dormant.

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Sleeping.
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As if asleep; quiet; still.
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Inoperative; inactive.
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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.

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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