dor·​man·​cy | \ ˈdȯr-mən(t)-sē How to pronounce dormancy (audio) \

Definition of dormancy

: the quality or state of being dormant

Examples of dormancy in a Sentence

some volcanoes have eruptive cycles marked by long stretches of dormancy a fighting force that could be roused instantly from dormancy to action
Recent Examples on the Web However, the rules under CAA have not been notified yet, leaving the law in a state of dormancy. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 9 May 2022 Chang says violence toward Asian Americans occurs in cycles punctuated by dormancy. Ashley Vaughan, CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 Note that when dormancy ends, grass leaves that have turned brown won't revive, but new leaves will appear. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 July 2021 Plants overwintering in pots can be sheltered a bit near a wall or windbreak, but don’t bring them inside as the interruption of dormancy may detriment their health. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 17 Mar. 2022 Extraordinary excesses in monetary and fiscal policy caused the inflation dragon to resurface after 40 years of dormancy. Joshua Rauh And Kevin Warsh, WSJ, 21 Feb. 2022 As well as the Children's Museum, the Ice Age Gallery also reopens after a 5-year dormancy. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 1 July 2021 DeSantis’ new law goes into effect on July 1, at the very time the U.S. cruise industry will be rebooting after a year-long dormancy due the Covid-19 pandemic. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 17 June 2021 Plants heed these signals and move toward emerging from dormancy, each species on its own timetable. Beth Botts,, 19 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of dormancy

1789, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dormancy was in 1789

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14 May 2022

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“Dormancy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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