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- To pass from a state of wakefulness into sleep.
- 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter II, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384:
- She wakened in sharp panic, bewildered by the grotesquerie of some half-remembered dream in contrast with the harshness of inclement fact, drowsily realising that since she had fallen asleep it had come on to rain smartly out of a shrouded sky.
- (idiomatic, figuratively) To be affected by paresthesia; to go numb.
- My left leg has fallen asleep!
- (poetic, euphemistic) To die (often seen on gravestones).
- (pass from a state of wakefulness into sleep): drift off, drop off, go to sleep, nod off; See Thesaurus:fall asleep
- (poetic, euphemistic: to die): pass, pass away, pass over
to pass into sleep
to be affected by paresthesia
euphemism for "to die"