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dor·mant

 (dôr′mənt)
adj.
1. Not awake; asleep: "[He] lay dormant on the scruffy couch, his mouth open, reading glasses slumped on his swollen nostrils" (Steven Heighton).
2. Present but not active or manifest though capable of becoming so: "a harrowing experience which ... lay dormant but still menacing" (Charles Jackson). See Synonyms at inactive.
3. Temporarily inactive: a dormant volcano.
4. 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.

[Middle English, from Old French, from present participle of dormir, to sleep, from Latin dormīre.]

dor′man·cy n.

dormant

(ˈdɔːmənt) or

dormient

adj
1. quiet and inactive, as during sleep
2. latent or inoperative
3. (Geological Science) (of a volcano) neither extinct nor erupting
4. (Biology) biology alive but in a resting torpid condition with suspended growth and reduced metabolism
5. (Heraldry) (usually postpositive) heraldry (of a beast) in a sleeping position
[C14: from Old French dormant, from dormir to sleep, from Latin dormīre]
ˈdormancy n

dor•mant

(ˈdɔr mənt)

adj.
1. inactive, as in sleep; torpid.
2. being in a state of minimal metabolic activity with cessation of growth.
3. undeveloped, unasserted, or inactive; latent: talents that lay dormant.
4. (of a volcano) not erupting.
5. held in abeyance; temporarily inoperative.
6. (of a pesticide) applied to a plant during a period of dormancy: a dormant spray.
7. (of a heraldic animal) lying with the head on the forepaws.
[1350–1400; Middle English dorma(u)nt < Anglo-French, present participle of dormir < Latin dormīre to sleep; see -ant]
syn: See inactive.

dor·mant

(dôr′mənt)
1. Biology In an inactive state in which growth stops and metabolism is slowed. Many plants survive the winter as dormant seeds or bulbs. Hibernating animals are also in a dormant state.
2. Geology Not active but capable of renewed activity: a dormant volcano.

dormant

In mine warfare, the state of a mine during which a time delay feature in a mine prevents it from being actuated.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dormant - in a condition of biological rest or suspended animationdormant - in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation; "dormant buds"; "a hibernating bear"; "torpid frogs"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
asleep - in a state of sleep; "were all asleep when the phone rang"; "fell asleep at the wheel"
2.dormant - (of e.g. volcanos) not erupting and not extinct ; "a dormant volcano"
active - (of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt; "active volcanos"
3.dormant - lying with head on paws as if sleeping
heraldry - the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies
unerect - not upright in position or posture
4.dormant - inactive but capable of becoming active; "her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened"
inactive - not active physically or mentally; "illness forced him to live an inactive life"; "dreamy and inactive by nature"

dormant

adjective
1. latent, inactive, lurking, quiescent, unrealized, unexpressed, inoperative The virus remains dormant in nerve tissue.
2. inactive, sleeping, inert, suspended, asleep, sluggish, slumbering, comatose, hibernating, torpid The hamster lapses into a dormant state in cold weather.
inactive active, conscious, alert, awake, aroused, awakened, wide-awake, alive and kicking, wakeful

dormant

adjective
Existing in a temporarily inactive form or state:
Translations
ساكِن، خامِد، هامِد
dřímajícíspící
slumrende
óvirkur
snaudžiantis
snaudošs
aktif olmayanuyku hâlinde

dormant

[ˈdɔːmənt] ADJ [volcano] → inactivo (Bio, Bot) → durmiente; [energy] → latente
to lie dormant (lit) → estar inactivo (fig) → quedar por realizarse

dormant

[ˈdɔːrmənt] adj
(= inactive) [larvae, plant] → dormant(e); [virus, bacteria] → latent(e); [season] → de dormance; [volcano] → endormi(e)
[idea] → en sommeil
to lie dormant [idea] → rester inexploité(e)
(FINANCE) [account] → sans mouvement
(= not invoked) [rule, law] → inappliqué(e)
to lie dormant [law] → être en sommeil

dormant

adj volcanountätig; animal, plant, budruhend; (Banking) accountruhend; energyverborgen, latent; passionschlummernd; dormant stateRuhezustand m; to remain dormantruhen; (disease, virus)schlummern; the dormant seasondie Ruhezeit; to lie dormant (project, idea, work of art)brachliegen; to let a matter lie dormanteine Sache ruhen or liegen lassen

dormant

[ˈdɔːmənt] adj (Bot) (volcano) → quiescente; (energy) → latente
to lie dormant (fig) → rimanere latente

dormant

(ˈdoːmənt) adjective
not dead but not active. a dormant volcano.
References in classic literature ?
They soon began to ascend; but as the motion had a tendency to revive the dormant faculties of her sister, the attention of Cora was too much divided between the tenderest solicitude in her behalf, and in listening to the cries which were still too audible on the plain, to note the direction in which they journeyed.
Captain Wragge's artfullyirritating explanation had awakened that dormant suspicion of his housekee per's influence over him which habitually lay hidden in his mind, and which Mrs.
And when Jarvis Lorry saw the kindled eyes, the resolute face, the calm strong look and bearing of the man whose life always seemed to him to have been stopped, like a clock, for so many years, and then set going again with an energy which had lain dormant during the cessation of its usefulness, he believed.
She had then taken the impassive figure in her arms, and, still upon her knees, was weeping over it, kissing it, calling to it, rocking it to and fro upon her bosom like a child, and trying every tender means to rouse the dormant senses.
He was quite unable, by means of anything he heard or saw, to identify the Raveloe religion with his old faith; if he could at any time in his previous life have done so, it must have been by the aid of a strong feeling ready to vibrate with sympathy, rather than by a comparison of phrases and ideas: and now for long years that feeling had been dormant.
The sight of the civilized girl and the dapper, khaki clad Englishman had aroused in Korak memories long dormant.
The small grey eyes blinked, the lips moved, with greed; greed was the ruling passion; and though there was some good nature, some genuine kindliness, a true human touch, in the old toper, his greed was now so set afire by hope, that all other traits of character lay dormant.
With that realisation my dormant sense of wonder, my sense of the proportion of things, awoke again.
He was telling me this morning that, tired of letting his property lie dormant in Italy, which is a dead nation, he wished to find a method, either in France or England, of multiplying his millions, but remember, that though I place great confidence in Busoni, I am not responsible for this.
It is only while crowded into bales, or thrust into drawers for the vulgar purposes of trade, that this instinct is dormant, a beneficent nature scorning to exercise her benevolence for any but legitimate objects.
Elnathan gave a hem—one that might have been equally taken for that kind of noise which cowards are said to make in order to awaken their dormant courage, or for a natural effort to clear the throat; if for the latter it was successful; for, turning his face to the veteran German, he said:
Rushworth arrived, escorting his mother, who came to be civil and to shew her civility especially, in urging the execution of the plan for visiting Sotherton, which had been started a fortnight before, and which, in consequence of her subsequent absence from home, had since lain dormant.