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Meaning of DORMANT

Pronunciation:  'dormunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  not active but capable of becoming active; "her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened"
  2. [adj]  of e.g. volcanos; temporarily inactive; "a dormant volcano"
  3. [adj]  (biology) in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation; "dormant buds"; "a hibernating bear"; "torpid frogs"

DORMANT is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: asleep(p), hibernating(a), inactive, quiescent, torpid
 Antonyms: active, extinct



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dor"mant\, a. [F., p. pr. of dormir to sleep, from L.
    dormire; cf. Gr. ?, Skr. dr[=a], OSlav. dr?mati.]
    1. Sleeping; as, a dormant animal; hence, not in action or
       exercise; quiescent; at rest; in abeyance; not disclosed,
       asserted, or insisted on; as, dormant passions; dormant
       claims or titles.
             It is by lying dormant a long time, or being . . .
             very rarely exercised, that arbitrary power steals
             upon a people.                        --Burke.
    2. (Her.) In a sleeping posture; as, a lion dormant; --
       distinguished from {couchant}.
    {Dormant partner} (Com.), a partner who takes no share in the
       active business of a company or partnership, but is
       entitled to a share of the profits, and subject to a share
       in losses; -- called also {sleeping or silent partner}.
    {Dormant window} (Arch.), a dormer window. See {Dormer}.
    {Table dormant}, a stationary table. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
  2. \Dor"mant\, n. [See {Dormant}, a.] (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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