dormant Meaning, Definition & Usage
adjective satellite in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
- dormant buds
- a hibernating bear
- torpid frogs
adjective (of e.g. volcanos) not erupting and not extinct
- a dormant volcano
adjective satellite lying with head on paws as if sleeping
adjective satellite inactive but capable of becoming active
- her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened
EtymologyF., p. pr. of
Sleeping; as, a dormantanimal; hence, not in action or exercise; quiescent; at rest; in abeyance; not disclosed, asserted, or insisted on; as,; dormantpassions dormantclaims or titles.
It is by lying dormant a long time, or being . . . very rarely exercised, that arbitrary power steals upon a people. Burke.
(Her.) In a sleeping posture;Chaucer. as, a lion; -- distinguished from dormant couchant.
(Arch.) A large beam in the roof of a house upon which portions of the other timbers rest or " sleep."Arch. Pub. Soc. -- Called also dormant tree, dorman tree, dormond, and dormer. Halliwell.
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