dor·man·cy | \ ˈdȯr-mən(t)-sē \

Definition of dormancy 

: the quality or state of being dormant

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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

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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 On Twitter The lawsuit comes as Aldrin’s verified Twitter account with 1.4 million followers, @TheRealBuzz, became hyperactive on June 18 after more than a month of dormancy. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Buzz Aldrin returns to Twitter, sues his son and former manager," 23 June 2018 Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones acknowledged there could be many explanations for the dormancy of the East Area Rapist. Marjie Lundstrom And Sam Stanton, sacbee, "Why did the East Area Rapist stop raping and killing? Or did he?," 6 May 2018 As the disease progresses, the viruses may come out of dormancy, illiciting an immune reaction and leading to the formation of the brain plaques seen in Alzheimer’s patients. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Childhood Virus May Have a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease," 23 June 2018 There were at least signs the lineup’s days of dormancy might be in the past. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks look alive but can’t finish sweep," 30 May 2018 After a decade of dormancy, Related Midwest formed a joint venture in 2016 with GMH to develop the site. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Neighborhoods / News / Politics Chicago's next great park? Hardly," 21 May 2018

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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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