An example of sleep is what you do when you go to bed at midnight, close your eyes and rest through the night.
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.
Slept away the day; went home to sleep off the headache.
This tent sleeps three comfortably.
To sleep the sleep of the just.
A boat that sleeps four.
I'm just going to have a quick sleep.
Wipe the sleep from your eyes.
When a top is sleeping, it is spinning but not precessing.
To sleep a dreamless sleep.
A question sleeps for the present; the law sleeps.
- To sleep very deeply.
- To make (someone) weary and bored to, or as if to, the point of inducing sleep.
- To put (a pet) to death in a humane manner.
- To have promiscuous sexual relations.
- 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 much later into the morning than one usually does.
- To rid oneself of the effects of some excess, overindulgence, etc., specif. of the aftereffects of drinking much alcoholic liquor, by sleeping.
- To sleep undisturbed and very deeply.
- To postpone making a decision until the next day.
- To sleep outdoors.
- To spend the night at another's home.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of sleep
- Middle English slepe from Old English slǣp slēb- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English slepen, from Old English slÇ£pan (“to sleep"), from Proto-Germanic *slÄ“panÄ… (“to sleep"), from Proto-Indo-European *slab-, *slap-, *(s)lÃb- (“to hang loose, be limp"). Cognate with West Frisian sliepe (“to sleep"), North Frisian sliepen (“to sleep"), Low German slapen (“sleep"), Dutch slapen (“to sleep"), German schlafen (“to sleep"), Russian ÑÐ»Ð°Ð±Ñ‹Ð¹ (slÃ¡byj, “weak").
- From Middle English sleep, sleepe, from Old English slÇ£p (“sleep"), from Proto-Germanic *slÄ“paz (“sleep"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)lÄb- (“to hang loosely, be limp, be languid"). Cognate with West Frisian sliep (“sleep"), Saterland Frisian slÃ¤ipe (“sleep"), Low German Slaap (“sleep"), Dutch slaap (“sleep"), German Schlaf (“sleep"), Russian ÑÐ»Ð°Ð±Ñ‹Ð¹ (slÃ¡byj, “weak").