dor·​man·​cy | \ˈdȯr-mən(t)-sē \

Definition of dormancy 

: the quality or state of being dormant

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some volcanoes have eruptive cycles marked by long stretches of dormancy a fighting force that could be roused instantly from dormancy to action

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The ban effectively forced all political parties into dormancy while the junta actively quashed dissent against its rule. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, The Seattle Times, "Thai junta to soon ease restrictions on political parties," 28 Aug. 2018 The end of the shuttle led to six years of dormancy at 39A, during with time the U.S. has relied on hiring Russia to ferry its astronauts to the International Space Station. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Cape Canaveral's Legendary Launchpad Is Ready for Astronauts Once More," 16 Aug. 2018 This facility would be the first commercial vertical launch site in the United Kingdom and represents a significant investment in rocket infrastructure by the British government after decades of dormancy. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Britain joins the microlaunch space race with a new rocket and spaceport," 16 July 2018 In their winter dormancy, give them low, indirect light (November through February). Lyndsey Matthews, Good Housekeeping, "How to Make a Carnivorous Bog Planter," 9 May 2016 But some things have changed significantly since a military edict banning political activities forced it and all other parties into dormancy following the 2014 coup. Washington Post, "Thailand’s top political party registers members anew," 4 Apr. 2018 Predictably, plants are starting to come out of their dormancy. Angela Fritz, Washington Post, "It’s only Feb. 21, but these cherry blossoms don’t care," 21 Feb. 2018 This is likely another test of the second-stage engine's ability to fire after a longer period of dormancy in space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX has flown its last Block 4 version of the Falcon 9 rocket [Updated]," 28 June 2018 Understanding viral dormancy in solid tissues is thus important. The Economist, "HIV+ volunteers are bequeathing their organs to a new project," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of dormancy

1789, in the meaning defined above

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