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

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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Its March 15, 2018, eruption ended just over 3 1/2 years of dormancy. USA TODAY, "Troll trail, coal train derailment, geyser record: News from around our 50 states," 27 June 2019 As the soil dries, the animals enter a state of diapause—or dormancy—that can last for decades, Tim Maret, an ecologist at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, says by email. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Like magic, these habitats disappear and reappear each spring," 20 Mar. 2019 Much of the healing comes from activity, not dormancy. Chris Erskine,, "A beautiful hike, a beautiful saloon, and a salute from my hometown team. Holy cow!," 4 May 2018 Growing Horseradish Horseradish is a rugged, cold-hardy perennial that grows best where there's enough of a winter to force the plants into dormancy. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow and Prepare Horseradish Straight From Your Garden," 27 July 2018 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

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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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