hibernation


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

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
References in classic literature ?
There have been many singular popular notions about the hibernation of
But the waking hours grew less, becoming semi-waking or half-dreaming hours as the process of hibernation worked their way with him.
Washington, Feb 18 (ANI): A new study has found that black bears have some astonishing hibernation capabilities that could become relevant for humans travelling in space.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Several American black bears, captured by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game after wandering a bit too close to human communities, have given researchers the opportunity to study hibernation in these large mammals like never before.
According to Fleming, the toad might have gotten injured prior to hibernation and got healed while the animal slept.
While a normal body temperature (of a mammal) may be 95F," according to the Illinois Department of Natural Resource's publication Wild Mammals of Illinois, "during hibernation it can drop as low as 36F.
Hibernation Hotel is illustrated by Laura Brenlla and tells of Bear, who wants to sleep, but who harbors too many sleepy friends in his cave.
Before going into hibernation a hedgehog will spend weeks building up its fat reserves.
The craft periodically goes into hibernation while traveling to its target.
The infected bats arouse from hibernation more frequently; probably due to epidermal damage caused by Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd), a psychrophilic fungus.
Hibernation is a strategic deck building card game where players take on the role of a bear competing for enough food to sleep all winter.