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From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dormiēns, present participle of dormiō (“I sleep”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdɔɹmənt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdɔːmənt/
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dormant (not comparable)
- Inactive, sleeping, asleep, suspended.
- 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.
- 1777, Burke, Edmund, A Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol, on the Affairs of America; republished in The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, volume 2, 1864, page 10:
- It is by lying dormant a long time, or being at first very rarely exercised, that arbitrary power steals upon a people.
- 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect, Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, →OCLC, PC, scene: Thresher Maws Codex entry:
- Thresher maws are subterranean carnivores that spend their entire lives eating or searching for something to eat. Threshers reproduce via spores that lie dormant for millennia, yet are robust enough to survive prolonged periods in deep space and atmospheric re-entry. As a result, thresher spores appear on many worlds, spread by previous generations of space travelers.
- (heraldry) In a sleeping posture; distinguished from couchant.
- a lion dormant
- (architecture) Leaning.
- (inactive, suspended): quiescent; see also Thesaurus:inactive
inactive, asleep, suspended
dormant (plural dormants)
- (architecture) A crossbeam or joist.
- “dormant”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “dormant”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- dormant at OneLook Dictionary Search
dormant (feminine dormante, masculine plural dormants, feminine plural dormantes)
- “dormant”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
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