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
But by restoring Europeans’ hopes that there is life in their flagging project, the president is bringing to the surface tensions that lay dormant during the crisis years.
The influenza had apparently exacerbated a dormant case of tuberculosis, a scourge of New England that had already carried off one of his sisters.
One is dormant — the most recent post is from 2014 — the other has fewer followers but more recent posts.
A baby’s cry, a toddler’s hug, a kindergartner’s bid for independence — all of this reawakens dormant memories of how we were loved as children, memories with potential to haunt us like ghosts.
On a recent rainy day when many construction sites were dormant, work continued at the Amazon site, which is due to open in time for the 2017 holiday retail season.
A popular stone used for these rings is the Lake County Diamond, which is featured in the ring below ($138, etsy.com), and is the result of the pressure and extreme temperatures from Mount Konocti, a now-dormant volcano in Lake County, California.
Mr. Saffer, a marketing and media professional, met Mr. Berger in 2008, when C.M.S. had been dormant for about two decades.
Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, was in Israel Wednesday for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in his attempt to revive long-dormant peace talks.
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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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