from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. In a state of sleep; sleeping.
- adj. Inactive; dormant.
- adj. Indifferent: politicians who are asleep to the needs of their constituents.
- adj. Numb, especially from reduced circulation of blood to a limb: My leg is asleep.
- adj. Dead.
- adv. In or into a state of sleep.
- adv. In or into a state of apathy or indifference.
- adv. Into a state of numbness.
- adv. Into the sleep of the dead.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. In a state of sleep; also, broadly, resting.
- adj. Inattentive.
- adj. Having a numb or prickling sensation accompanied by a degree of unresponsiveness.
- adj. dead
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- In a state of sleep; in sleep; dormant.
- In the sleep of the grave; dead.
- Numbed, and, usually, tingling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In or into a state of sleep: as, to fall asleep.
- Figuratively— Dead; in or into a state of death: chiefly in the Scriptures and religious literature.
- Dormant; inactive; idle.
- Having a peculiar numb feeling, accompanied by or passing off with a prickly tingling sensation.
- Nautical, said of sails when the wind is just strong enough to distend them and prevent them from shaking.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. in the sleep of death
- adv. into a sleeping state
- adj. dead
- adj. lacking sensation
- adj. in a state of sleep
From a- (“in, on”) + sleep (Wiktionary)