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1. Not awake; asleep: "[He] lay dormant on the scruffy couch, his mouth open, reading glasses slumped on his swollen nostrils" (Steven Heighton).
2. Present but not active or manifest though capable of becoming so: "a harrowing experience which ... lay dormant but still menacing" (Charles Jackson). See Synonyms at inactive.
3. Temporarily inactive: a dormant volcano.
4. Being in a condition of biological rest or inactivity characterized by cessation of growth or development and the suspension of many metabolic processes: a dormant bud; a dormant bacterium.
[Middle English, from Old French, from present participle of dormir, to sleep, from Latin dormīre.]
dor•man•cy(ˈdɔr mən si)
the condition of being dormant.
the state of being dormant or inert.See also: Sleep
A period of no growth when deciduous hardy plants loose their leaves and herbaceous plants die back to a crown beneath the ground.
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|Noun||1.||dormancy - a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction; "the volcano erupted after centuries of dormancy"|
hibernation - cessation from or slowing of activity during the winter; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals
aestivation, estivation - (zoology) cessation or slowing of activity during the summer; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals during a hot or dry period
slumber - a dormant or quiescent state
|2.||dormancy - 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"
dormancy[ˈdɔːrmənsi] n [plant] → dormance f
n. sueño pesado, estupor, letargo.