sleep
I. noun Etymology: Middle English slepe, from Old English slǣp; akin to Old High German slāf sleep and perhaps to Latin labi to slip, slide Date: before 12th century 1. the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored — compare REM sleep, slow-wave sleep 2. a state resembling sleep: as a. a state of torpid inactivity b. death <
put a pet cat to sleep
>
; also trance, coma c. the closing of leaves or petals especially at night d. a state marked by a diminution of feeling followed by tingling <
my foot's gone to sleep
>
e. the state of an animal during hibernation 3. a. a period spent sleeping b. night c. a day's journey 4. crusty matter present in the corner of an eye upon awakening • sleeplike adjective II. verb (slept; sleeping) Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to rest in a state of sleep 2. to be in a state (as of quiescence or death) resembling sleep 3. to have sexual relations — usually used with with transitive verb 1. to be slumbering in <
slept the sleep of the dead
>
2. to get rid of or spend in or by sleep <
sleep away the hours
>
<
sleep off a headache
>
3. to provide sleeping accommodations for <
the boat sleeps six
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • sleep — [slēp] n. [ME slep < OE slæp, akin to Ger schlaf, sleep, schlaff, loose, lax < IE * slab < base * (s)leb , * (s)lab , loose, slack > LIP, LIMP1, L labor, to slip, sink] 1. a) a natural, regularly recurring condition of rest for the… …   English World dictionary

  • sleep — vb Sleep, slumber, drowse, doze, nap, catnap, snooze mean to take rest by a suspension of consciousness. Sleep, the usual term, implies ordinarily the periodical repose of this sort in which men and animals recuperate their powers after activity …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sleep — sleep·ered; sleep·ful; sleep·ify; sleep·i·ly; sleep; sleep·i·ness; sleep·ing·ly; sleep·less; elec·tro·sleep; sleep·er; sleep·ful·ness; sleep·less·ly; sleep·less·ness; …   English syllables

  • Sleep — unix утилита, выполняющая задержку на указанное время (например, при исполнении shell сценария) Входит, например, в GNU Coreutils. Содержание 1 Использование 2 Параметры запуска 3 …   Википедия

  • sleep — unix утилита, выполняющая задержку на указанное время (например, при исполнении shell сценария) Входит, например, в GNU Coreutils. Содержание 1 Использование 2 Параметры запуска 3 …   Википедия

  • Sleep — Sleep, v. t. 1. To be slumbering in; followed by a cognate object; as, to sleep a dreamless sleep. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. To give sleep to; to furnish with accomodations for sleeping; to lodge. [R.] Blackw. Mag. [1913 Webster] {To sleep… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleep — ► NOUN 1) a regularly recurring condition of body and mind in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended. 2) a gummy secretion found in the corners of the eyes… …   English terms dictionary

  • Sleep — Sleep, n. [AS. sl[=ae]p; akin to OFries. sl[=e]p, OS. sl[=a]p, D. slaap, OHG. sl[=a]f, G. schlaf, Goth. sl[=e]ps. See {Sleep}, v. i.] A natural and healthy, but temporary and periodical, suspension of the functions of the organs of sense, as well …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sleep — Sleep, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Slept}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sleeping}.] [OE. slepen, AS. sl?pan; akin to OFries. sl?pa, OS. sl[=a]pan, D. slapen, OHG. sl[=a]fan, G. schlafen, Goth. sl?pan, and G. schlaff slack, loose, and L. labi to glide, slide, labare …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sleep — Sleep, obs. imp. of Sleep. Slept. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sleep — puede referirse a: Sleep, banda estadounidense de la década de los 90. “Sleep”, canción del grupo My Chemical Romance, de su disco The Black Parade. Esta página de desambiguación cataloga artículos relacionados con el mismo título. Si llegaste… …   Wikipedia Español

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