from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive.
- adj. Latent but capable of being activated: "a harrowing experience which . . . lay dormant but still menacing” ( Charles Jackson).
- adj. Temporarily quiescent: a dormant volcano. See Synonyms at inactive, latent.
- adj. In a condition of biological rest or inactivity characterized by cessation of growth or development and the suspension of many metabolic processes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Inactive, asleep, suspended.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large beam in the roof of a house upon which portions of the other timbers rest or “ sleep.”
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Sleeping; asleep.
- In heraldry, lying down with its head on its fore paws, as if asleep: said of a beast used as a bearing.
- Hibernating: said of certain animals.
- In a state of rest or inactivity; quiescent; not in action, movement, force, or operation; being or kept in abeyance: as, a dormant rebellion; a dormant title; dormant privileges.
- n. A beam; a sleeper: formerly also dormond, dormant-tree. Also dormer. Halliwell.
- n. A dish which remains from the beginning to the end of a repast, such as cold pies, hams, and potted meats, placed down the middle of the table at a large entertainment; a centerpiece which is not removed.
- In botany, not active or growing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lying with head on paws as if sleeping
- adj. in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
- adj. (of e.g. volcanos) not erupting and not extinct
- adj. inactive but capable of becoming active
They are dormant, at any rate, to use another word, for the death of my text is not so absolute a death but that a resurrection is possible, and so _dormant_ comes to express pretty nearly the same thing.
The term dormant factor (bag-la nyal) means, literally, something that is “asleep to the taste of the mind.”
How long they will remain dormant is anybody's guess.
The firm's court-appointed receiver, Lee Richards, said the move "greatly reduced" the assets of the company, which he described as a dormant entity with no clients that served solely as a proprietary trading unit, Bloomberg reports.
Clause 86 will remain dormant until the government chooses to enact it by order-in-council.
But this side of her nature had lain dormant through the years, waiting for the mate to appear.
A human thirst for revenge, long dead, awakened in dormant parts of the brainstem.
The president was faced with a sudden renewal of labor-management conflicts that had lain dormant during the war years, severe shortages in housing and consumer products, and widespread dissatisfaction with inflation, which at one point hit six percent in a single month.
Called “La Stupenda,” she combined the heft of a Wagnerian singer with the agility and upper register of a coloratura soprano, leading to powerful interpretations of great bel canto roles that had lain dormant for decades -- following in the wake of Maria Callas, who had spearheaded their initial revival.
In particular, they spread deadly explosives over a large area which remain dormant on the ground.