drowsing


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drowse

 (drouz)
v. drowsed, drows·ing, drows·es
v.intr.
To be half-asleep: drowsed in the warm sun.
v.tr.
1. To make drowsy: "drowsed with the fume of poppies" (John Keats).
2. To pass (time) by drowsing.
n.
The condition of being sleepy.

[Perhaps ultimately from Old English drūsian, to sink, be sluggish; see dhreu- in Indo-European roots.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.drowsing - half asleep; "made drowsy by the long ride"; "it seemed a pity to disturb the drowsing (or dozing) professor"; "a tired dozy child"; "the nodding (or napping) grandmother in her rocking chair"
asleep - in a state of sleep; "were all asleep when the phone rang"; "fell asleep at the wheel"
References in classic literature ?
The woman, completely wrapped up and covered with snow, sat drowsing and bumping at the back.
After dinner Alexander came back to the wet deck, piled his damp rugs over him again, and sat smoking, losing himself in the obliterating blackness and drowsing in the rush of the gale.
The balmy sum- mer air, the restful quiet, the odor of the flowers, and the drowsing murmur of the bees had had their effect, and she was nodding over her knit- ting -- for she had no company but the cat, and it was asleep in her lap.
Here we had carried many loads of gravel from the creek-bed, so that it was dry and warm, a pleasant basking place; and here, one afternoon, I was drowsing, half asleep, over a volume of Mendenhall.
The young chap in charge was drowsing at his table.
And sure enough, afloat on the placid sea a league away, lay a great city, with its towers and domes and steeples drowsing in a golden mist of sunset.
This passed away as the puppies' antics and mauling continued, and he lay with half-shut patient eyes, drowsing in the sun.
It is characterized by prolonged drowsing and asynchronous loss of tonus in the hands and feet following unresponsiveness to stimuli.
It shows two naked girls wrapped in each others arms drowsing in the morning light, their clothes tossed in a heap on the floor.
Over the last decade many Germans have taken a siesta from politics, drowsing in economic growth and Angela Merkel's reassuring royalty.
The folks at Nissan did not have just aging boomers in mind when they came up with the Driver Attention Alert (DAA) system, one that is geared to send warning signals to a driver that it "senses" is asleep or drowsing at the wheel.
But after a long day of working and fasting, especially following a heavy iftar, drowsing on the couch in front of the television sounds like the perfect way to spend the rest of the evening.