slumbering


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slum·ber

 (slŭm′bər)
v. slum·bered, slum·ber·ing, slum·bers
v.intr.
1. To sleep.
2. To be dormant or quiescent.
v.tr.
To pass (time) in sleep: slumbered the night away.
n.
1. Sleep.
2. A state of inactivity or dormancy.

[Middle English slumeren, slumberen, frequentative of slumen, to doze, probably from slume, light sleep, from Old English slūma.]

slum′ber·er n.
slum′ber·ing·ly adv.

slumbering

(ˈslʌmbərɪŋ)
adj
sleeping peacefullyquiescent or dormant
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The grey dawn came on, and the slumbering crew arose from the boat's bottom, and ere noon the dead whale was brought to the ship.
Was it not Fate, that, on this July midnight- Was it not Fate, (whose name is also Sorrow,) That bade me pause before that garden-gate, To breathe the incense of those slumbering roses?
When from dark error's subjugation My words of passionate exhortation Had wrenched thy fainting spirit free; And writhing prone in thine affliction Thou didst recall with malediction The vice that had encompassed thee: And when thy slumbering conscience, fretting By recollection's torturing flame, Thou didst reveal the hideous setting Of thy life's current ere I came: When suddenly I saw thee sicken, And weeping, hide thine anguished face, Revolted, maddened, horror-stricken, At memories of foul disgrace.
So, almost every twenty-four hours, when the watches of the night were set, and the band on deck sentinelled the slumbers of the band below; and when if a rope was to be hauled upon the forecastle, the sailors flung it not rudely down, as by day, but with some cautiousness dropt it to its place, for fear of disturbing their slumbering shipmates; when this sort of steady quietude would begin to prevail, habitually, the silent steersman would watch the cabin-scuttle; and ere long the old man would emerge, griping at the iron banister, to help his crippled way.
The age and weakness of the slumbering and unconscious Munro were indicated by signs too palpable to be mistaken.
Unless some particular festivity was going forward, the inmates of Marheyo's house retired to their mats rather early in the evening; but not for the night, since, after slumbering lightly for a while, they rose again, relit their tapers, partook of the third and last meal of the day, at which poee-poee alone was eaten, and then, after inhaling a narcotic whiff from a pipe of tobacco, disposed themselves for the great business of night, sleep.
To pace the echoing stones from hour to hour, counting the dull chimes of the clocks; to watch the lights twinkling in chamber windows, to think what happy forgetfulness each house shuts in; that here are children coiled together in their beds, here youth, here age, here poverty, here wealth, all equal in their sleep, and all at rest; to have nothing in common with the slumbering world around, not even sleep, Heaven's gift to all its creatures, and be akin to nothing but despair; to feel, by the wretched contrast with everything on every hand, more utterly alone and cast away than in a trackless desert; this is a kind of suffering, on which the rivers of great cities close full many a time, and which the solitude in crowds alone awakens.
But the slumbering duo are rudely awoken when Pete and James start to worry about baby Moses's temperature.
Beginning with the informative introduction 'The Slumbering Sphinx', this superbly organized and beautifully illustrated compendium is organized into four major sections: 'It's Alive
Researchers are eager to understand hibernation because it seems to protect slumbering animals from a variety of ills, including hypothermia, strokes, muscle atrophy, infections, and cancer--a defense that might someday be emulated in people.