dormant
adjective Etymology: Middle English, fixed, stationary, from Anglo-French, from present participle of dormir to sleep, from Latin dormire; akin to Sanskrit drāti he sleeps Date: circa 1500 1. represented on a coat of arms in a lying position with the head on the forepaws 2. marked by a suspension of activity: as a. temporarily devoid of external activity <
a dormant volcano
>
b. temporarily in abeyance yet capable of being activated 3. a. asleep, inactive b. having the faculties suspended ; sluggish c. having biological activity suspended: as (1) being in a state of suspended animation (2) 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
>
Synonyms: see latent

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  • dormant — dormant, ante [ dɔrmɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. et n. m. • XIIe; de dormir 1 ♦ Rare Qui dort. ⇒ endormi. « Elle est là, dormante, dans ses propres ténèbres abandonnée, dans sa magnificence » (Duras). Blas. Animal dormant. ♢ Fig. Passions dormantes. ⇒ latent.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • dormant — I adjective abeyant, asleep, at rest, becalmed, deactivated, hibernating, iacere, in abeyance, in suspense, inactive, inert, inoperative, latent, passive, quiescent, quiet, resting, sleeping, slumbering, smoldering, static, still, suspended,… …   Law dictionary

  • dormant — dormant, ante (dor man, man t ) adj. 1°   Qui dort. La belle au bois dormant, Titre d un conte de fée.    Terme de blason. Animal dormant, animal placé dans l attitude du sommeil.    Poétiquement, tranquille, où l on dort bien. •   Trouvez le moi …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • dormant — dor‧mant [ˈdɔːmənt ǁ ˈdɔːr ] adjective something that is dormant has not been active for a long time, although it may become active in the future: • The project lay dormant for two years until we found a co sponsor. • Someone tampered with IBM… …   Financial and business terms

  • dormant — DORMANT, ANTE. adj. Qui dort. Il est aussi substantif, et ne se dit que Des Martyrs qu on appelle Les sept Dormans. [b]f♛/b] On appelle Eau dormante, De l eau qui ne coule point; Verre dormant, châssis dormant, Un châssis, un verre qui ne s ouvre …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • dormant — Dormant, [dorm]ante. adj. v. Qui dort. Un homme dormant ne fait point de mal. les sept dormants. Il se dit figur. Des choses qui sont de nature à se mouvoir, ou qui sont faites ordinairement pour estre mües, & qui neanmoins demeurent arrestées en …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Dormant — Dor mant, n. [See {Dormant}, a.] (Arch.) A large beam in the roof of a house upon which portions of the other timbers rest or sleep. Arch. Pub. Soc. Called also {dormant tree}, {dorman tree}, {dormond}, and {dormer}. Halliwell …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dormant — means lacking activity. It can refer to: Dormancy in an organism s life cycle Dormant volcano, a volcano that is inactive but may become active in the future Dormant (heraldry), in heraldry, signifying a sleeping animal with head resting upon… …   Wikipedia

  • dormant — late 14c., fixed in place, from O.Fr. dormant (12c.), prp. of dormir to sleep, from L. dormire to sleep, from PIE root *drem to sleep (Cf. O.C.S. dremati to sleep, doze, Gk. edrathon I slept, Skt. drati sleeps ). Meaning …   Etymology dictionary

  • dormant — [dôr′mənt] adj. [ME < OFr prp. of dormir < LL dormire < IE base * dre , to sleep > Sans ni dra, sleep] 1. sleeping 2. as if asleep; quiet; still 3. inoperative; inactive 4. Biol. a) torpid in winter; in a state of suspended animation …   English World dictionary

  • Dormant — (frz. spr. áng), schlafend; als Substantiv: Tafelaufsatz …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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