Simple Definition of dormant
: not doing anything at this time : not active but able to become active
Full Definition of dormant
1 : represented on a coat of arms in a lying position with the head on the forepaws
2 : marked by a suspension of activity: as a : temporarily devoid of external activity <a dormant volcano> b : temporarily in abeyance yet capable of being activated
3 a : asleep, inactive b : having the faculties suspended : sluggish c : having biological activity suspended: as (1) : being in a state of suspended animation (2) : not actively growing but protected (as by bud scales) from the environment —used of plant parts
4 : associated with, carried out, or applied during a period of dormancy <dormant grafting>
Examples of dormant in a sentence
The seeds will remain dormant until the spring.
Her emotions have lain dormant for many years.
Origin and Etymology of dormant
Middle English, fixed, stationary, from Anglo-French, from present participle of dormir to sleep, from Latin dormire; akin to Sanskrit drāti he sleeps
First Known Use: circa 1500
Synonym Discussion of dormant
DORMANT Defined for Kids
Definition of dormant for Students
: not active for the time being <The volcano is dormant.>
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