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intr.v. hi·ber·nat·ed, hi·ber·nat·ing, hi·ber·nates
1. To be in a dormant or torpid state during a cold period, especially during the winter.
2. To be in an inactive or dormant state or period: "In Lawrenceville people hibernated and life passed them by" (Jacqueline Susann).

[Latin hībernāre, hībernāt-, to winter, from hībernus, relating to winter; see ghei- in Indo-European roots.]

hi′ber·na′tion n.
hi′ber·na′tor n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.hibernating - in a condition of biological rest or suspended animationhibernating - 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"
References in classic literature ?
No work was done in the winter, and they made a practice of hibernating in the large camps like Circle City during the long Arctic night.
The data revealed that each time a hibernating bear takes a breath, its heart rate dramatically speeds up.
FAISALABAD -- Wildlife is facing severe threats of existence due to global warming which is increasing day by day in temperate and less hibernating period.
At temperatures well above freezing (15[degrees]C or 60[degrees]F), hibernating fat dormice may breathe only once every 10 minutes.
Unlike the fox or the rabbit, these animals feed on vast quantities of insects and other small creatures that are not around during the winter months, forcing them to adapt by reducing their need for food accordingly by hibernating.
Sarah Brooks, conservation management officer at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said: "A lot of mammals such as the dormouse and various reptiles and amphibians, including the great crested newt, will be hibernating over the winter.
Hibernating animals' metabolisms plummet and their temperatures sink much lower; an Arctic ground squirrel, for instance, cools to about--3[degrees]C when it hibernates.
The researchers believe the lemur hibernating habits supports the idea that sleep plays a role in regulating body temperature and metabolism, and may lead to scientists being able to induce hibernation-like states in humans.
Hibernating techniques vary for different breeds of tortoise.
In the first half of the mild winter, many animals were tricked into not hibernating.
Others have been hibernating and then coming out when they need to eat, but there aren't any of their natural food sources around - snails, slugs and worms.