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hi·ber·nate

 (hī′bər-nāt′)
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.

hi·ber·na·tion

(hī′bər-nā′shən)
An inactive state resembling deep sleep in which certain animals living in cold climates pass the winter. In hibernation, the body temperature is lowered and breathing and heart rates slow down. Hibernation protects the animal from cold and reduces the need for food during the season when food is scarce. Compare estivation.

hibernation

the practice of certain animals of sleeping throughout the winter. Cf. estivation.
See also: Zoology

hibernation

A dormant state, with a reduced metabolic rate, adopted by certain mammals and reptiles to survive winter.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hibernation - the torpid or resting state in which some animals pass the winterhibernation - the torpid or resting state in which some animals pass the winter
torpidity, torpor - a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility; "he fell into a deep torpor"
2.hibernation - cessation from or slowing of activity during the winter; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals
dormancy, quiescence, quiescency - a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction; "the volcano erupted after centuries of dormancy"
3.hibernation - the act of retiring into inactivity; "he emerged from his hibernation to make his first appearance in several years"
retirement - withdrawal from your position or occupation
Translations
سُبات، إسْبات
zimní spánek
liggen i dvale
téli álom
vetrardvali
zimný spánok
kış uykusuna yatma

hibernation

[ˌhaɪbəˈneɪʃən] Nhibernación f, invernación f

hibernation

[ˌhaɪbərˈneɪʃən] nhibernation f

hibernation

n (lit, fig)Winterschlaf m

hibernation

[ˌhaɪbəˈneɪʃn] nletargo, ibernazione f

hibernate

(ˈhaibəneit) verb
(of certain animals, eg hedgehogs) to pass the winter in a condition like sleep.
ˌhiberˈnation noun
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Another incident that made headlines was that of a Japanese man, Mitsutaka Uchikoshi, who in 2006 fell asleep on a snowy mountain and was found by rescuers 23 days later with a core body temperature of 71 degrees Fahrenheit.
Mitsutaka Uchikoshi, 35, fell on Rokko mountain in Western Japan while on his way to a party.