from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of sleep.
  • adj. asleep
  • adj. used for sleep; used to produce sleep.
  • n. the state or act of being asleep.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a. & n. from sleep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The taking of rest in sleep; sleep; the state of one who sleeps; hence, lack of vigilance; remissness.
  • n. Inoperativeness; dormant state or condition; abeyance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being asleep
  • n. quiet and inactive restfulness
  • n. the suspension of consciousness and decrease in metabolic rate
  • adj. lying with head on paws as if sleeping


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  • His conversation continually runs upon the feasibility of our making a night attack for'ard, and he is perpetually questioning Tom Spink and Louis on their ideas of where the various men may be sleeping -- the point of which always is: _Where is the second mate likely to be sleeping_?

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  • "I love being a father but whoever came up with the phrase 'sleeping like a baby' definitely never had a baby," he jokes, ruefully.

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  • My wife and I have for many years observed what we call the sleeping giant of Christian higher education where scholars have quietly devoted themselves to equip their own minds and prepare students in real world studies of the sciences and humanities, classical and modern because their evangelical churches gave them nothing else to do.

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  • Soon, soft warm little rain drops began to fall on the chrysalis (for that is what we call the sleeping caterpillar), whispering: "Spring is coming and it's time to awake!"

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  • They could hardly sew their own clothes; indeed, the greater part of their time was spent in sleeping, which is a mode many women adopt of arriving at the degree of embonpoint thought becoming.

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  • In Washington D.C., the National Park Service gave Occupy protesters a Monday deadline to end what it called "sleeping activity" at two longstanding camps established by demonstrators in the nation's capital.

  • Washington CNN -- The National Park Service plans to crack down Monday on what it calls "sleeping activity" at two longstanding camps established by Occupy DC demonstrators in the nation's capital.


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