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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A heavy snoring sound in respiration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of heavy snoring.
  • n. A heavy snoring sound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A heavy snoring sound which accompanies inspiration in certain diseases. Compare stertorous.

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

  • n. the act of snoring or producing a snoring sound


New Latin, from Latin stertere, to snore.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stertō ("I snore"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Unmoved by suasion or force
    A snorer must follow his course.
    An incessant stertor
    Won't justify murder
    But often results in divorce.

    January 16, 2015