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sleep

 (slēp)
n.
1.
a. A natural periodic state of rest for the mind and body, in which the eyes usually close and consciousness is completely or partially lost, so that there is a decrease in bodily movement and responsiveness to external stimuli. During sleep the brain in humans and other mammals undergoes a characteristic cycle of brain-wave activity that includes intervals of dreaming.
b. A period of this form of rest.
c. A state of inactivity resembling or suggesting sleep; unconsciousness, dormancy, hibernation, or death.
d. A state in which a computer shuts off or reduces power to its peripherals (such as the display or memory) in order to save energy during periods of inactivity.
2. Botany The folding together of leaflets or petals at night or in the absence of light.
3. A crust of dried tears or mucus normally forming around the inner rim of the eye during sleep.
v. slept (slĕpt), sleep·ing, sleeps
v.intr.
1. To be in the state of sleep or to fall asleep.
2. To be in a condition resembling sleep.
v.tr.
1. To pass or get rid of by sleeping: slept away the day; went home to sleep off the headache.
2. To provide sleeping accommodations for: This tent sleeps three comfortably.
Phrasal Verbs:
sleep around Informal
To have sexual relations with a number of different partners in casual encounters.
sleep in
1. To sleep at one's place of employment: a butler and a chauffeur who sleep in.
2.
a. To oversleep: I missed the morning train because I slept in.
b. To sleep late on purpose: After this week's work, I will sleep in on Saturday.
sleep on
To think about (something) overnight before deciding.
sleep out
1. To sleep at one's own home, not at one's place of employment.
2. To sleep away from one's home.
sleep over
To spend the night as a guest in another's home.
sleep together
To have sexual relations.
sleep with
To have sexual relations with.
Idiom:
sleep like a log/rock
To sleep very deeply.

[Middle English slepe, from Old English slǣp; see slēb- in Indo-European roots.]

sleeping

(ˈsliːpɪŋ)
n
the state of being asleep(as modifier)
adj
asleep

sleeping

  • cubicle - Originally a small room for sleeping—from Latin cumb, "lie down"—that was separated from a larger room.
  • breakfast - Literally means "breaking the fast"—of the night, as it is the first meal after sleeping.
  • dormition - A peaceful and painless death, as well as the act of sleeping or falling asleep.
  • incubate, incubation - Latin incubare, the source of incubate, literally meant "lie down on"; incubation once had the sense of sleeping in a sacred place or temple for oracular purposes.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sleeping - the state of being asleepsleeping - the state of being asleep    
dream, dreaming - a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep; "I had a dream about you last night"
sleep, slumber - a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended; "he didn't get enough sleep last night"; "calm as a child in dreamless slumber"
waking - the state of remaining awake; "days of danger and nights of waking"
2.sleeping - quiet and inactive restfulness
repose, rest, ease, relaxation - freedom from activity (work or strain or responsibility); "took his repose by the swimming pool"
vegetation - inactivity that is passive and monotonous, comparable to the inactivity of plant life; "their holiday was spent in sleep and vegetation"
3.sleeping - the suspension of consciousness and decrease in metabolic rate
noctambulation, noctambulism, sleepwalking, somnambulation, somnambulism - walking by a person who is asleep
sleep talking, somniloquism, somniloquy - uttering speech while asleep
cat sleep, catnap, forty winks, short sleep, snooze, nap - sleeping for a short period of time (usually not in bed)
doze, drowse - a light fitful sleep
bodily function, bodily process, body process, activity - an organic process that takes place in the body; "respiratory activity"
Adj.1.sleeping - 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

sleeping

adjective
1. In a state of sleep:
Idioms: dead to the world, fast asleep, in a sound sleep, out like a light.
2. Existing in a temporarily inactive form or state:
Translations

sleeping

[ˈsliːpɪŋ]
A. ADJdormido
Sleeping Beautyla bella durmiente
let sleeping dogs liemás vale no meneallo
B. Nsueño m, el dormir
between sleeping and wakinga duermevela
C. CPD sleeping bag N (camper's) → saco m de dormir; (baby's) → pelele m
sleeping car N (Rail) → coche-cama m
sleeping draught Nsoporífero m
sleeping partner Nsocio/a m/f comanditario/a
sleeping pill Nsomnífero m
sleeping policeman N (Aut) → banda f sonora
sleeping quarters NPLdormitorio msing
sleeping sickness Nencefalitis f letárgica
sleeping tablet N = sleeping pill

sleeping

[ˈsliːpɪŋ]
adj (= asleep) [person, baby] → qui dort, endormi(e)
modif
Let's sort out the sleeping arrangements → Voyons qui va dormir où. sleeping quarterssleeping bag nsac m de couchagesleeping car nwagon-lits m, voiture-lits fsleeping giant n
to be a sleeping giant (= have unrealized potential) → être un géant endormisleeping partner n (British)commanditaire m, associé m commanditairesleeping pill nsomnifère msleeping policeman n [sleeping policemen] (pl) (British)ralentisseur msleeping quarters nplquartiers mpl de nuitsleeping sickness nmaladie f du sommeilsleeping tablet nsomnifère m

sleeping

adjschlafend; Sleeping BeautyDornröschen nt
nSchlafen nt; between sleeping and wakingzwischen Schlaf und Wachen

sleeping

:
sleeping accommodation
sleeping bag
nSchlafsack m
sleeping car
nSchlafwagen m
sleeping draught, (US) sleeping draft
nSchlaftrunk m
sleeping partner
sleeping pill
sleeping policeman
n (= traffic bump)(fahrdynamische) Schwelle, Bodenschwelle f
sleeping quarters
plSchlafräume pl, → Schlafsaal m
sleeping sickness
sleeping tablet

sleeping

[ˈsliːpɪŋ] adjaddormentato/a
the Sleeping Beauty → la Bella Addormentata nel bosco
let sleeping dogs lie (Proverb) → non svegliare il can che dorme
References in classic literature ?
Instant silence fell on the gay throng, and not a sound, but he dash of fountains or the rustle of orange groves sleeping in the moonlight, broke the hush, as Count de Adelon spoke thus:
It was uncomfortable, sleeping on wet straw, and two drunken Negroes came and slept with us.
I had been sleeping, curled up in a red plush seat, for a long while when we reached Black Hawk.
The moon hung low, and had turned from silver to copper in the sleeping sky.
I never abid in any place, sleeping or waking, without an example of this gifted work.
Still, I don't wonder he acts so, sleeping under this paper for three months.
Her father was sleeping soundly in his bunk in the corner.
It was the caress which a dewy maiden--such as the Dawn is, immortally--gives to her sleeping sister, partly from the impulse of irresistible fondness, and partly as a pretty hint that it is time now to unclose her eyes.
Without looking to the right or left to notice the scene of rural wealth, on which he had so often gloated, he went straight to the stable, and with several hearty cuffs and kicks roused his steed most uncourteously from the comfortable quarters in which he was soundly sleeping, dreaming of mountains of corn and oats, and whole valleys of timothy and clover.
The case, I may mention, was that of an apparition in just such an old house as had gathered us for the occasion-- an appearance, of a dreadful kind, to a little boy sleeping in the room with his mother and waking her up in the terror of it; waking her not to dissipate his dread and soothe him to sleep again, but to encounter also, herself, before she had succeeded in doing so, the same sight that had shaken him.
And when it comes to sleeping with an unknown stranger, in a strange inn, in a strange town, and that stranger a harpooneer, then your objections indefinitely multiply.
In man, breathing is incessantly going on --one breath only serving for two or three pulsations; so that whatever other business he has to attend to, waking or sleeping, breathe he must, or die he will.