Definition of dormant
1 heraldry : represented on a coat of arms in a lying position with the head on the forepaws
2 : marked by a suspension of activity: such asa : temporarily devoid of external activity a dormant volcanob : temporarily in abeyance yet capable of being activated seeds will remain dormant until spring reawaken her dormant emotions
3a : asleep, inactive dormant creaturesb : having the faculties suspended : sluggishc : having biological activity suspended: such as (1) : being in a state of suspended animation (2) botany : 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.
Recent Examples of dormant from the Web
This could be dangerous, allowing the dormant Thompson to erupt.
Those EU talks have been quasi-dormant for many years and relations have deteriorated under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Several European Union countries still have some kind of blasphemy ban — often dormant and involving short prison terms or fines.
Sullivan arrived in Corvallis in 2004 to restart a dormant OSU program.
This malware could then lay dormant and wait to be activated by radio transmissions sent at critical times.
Trees and shrubs, on the other hand, are going dormant in fall and should not be fertilized.
In addition, avoid excessive heading cuts, especially during the dormant season, since heading encourages vigorous growth and reduces flower development.
Trump’s threats to step up deportations and his vow to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border have caused widespread indignation in Mexico — and stirred up anti-U.S sentiments that had been mostly dormant.
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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 1500See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of dormant
DORMANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dormant for English Language Learners
: not doing anything at this time : not active but able to become active
DORMANT Defined for Kids
Definition of dormant for Students
: not active for the time being The volcano is dormant.
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