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 volcano>b : temporarily in abeyance yet capable of being activated <seeds will remain dormant until spring> <reawaken her dormant emotions>
3a : asleep, inactive <dormant creatures>b : 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.
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 1500
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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