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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.
Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to support Delawares ongoing research and monitoring and response to the deadly White-nose Syndrome (WNS), that has taken a severe toll on hibernating North American bat species since it was discovered 10 years ago.
Speedy the tortoise At this time of year, many owners are considering hibernating their tortoise and the conventional technique has been to place them in a shoe box in the attic.
Hibernating animals, in the strictest sense, stop regulating body temperature, says Peter Klopfer, cofounder of the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, N.
When we're not hibernating or looking for food, you can find us sitting or lying on rocks and enjoying the sun.
FAISALABAD -- Wildlife is facing severe threats of existence due to global warming which is increasing day by day in temperate and less hibernating period.
Hibernating bears can sleep for seven months straight without eating, drinking, or taking a bathroom break.
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.
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.