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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dormant mean? 

DORMANT (adjective)
  The adjective DORMANT has 4 senses:

1. of e.g. volcanos; not erupting and not extinct
2. lying with head on paws as if sleeping
3. in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
4. inactive but capable of becoming active

  Familiarity information: DORMANT used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

DORMANT (adjective)

Sense 1dormant [BACK TO TOP]


Of e.g. volcanos; not erupting and not extinct


dormant; inactive

Context example:

a dormant volcano


quiescent (being quiet or still or inactive)


dormancy; quiescence; quiescency (a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction)


active ((of e.g. volcanos) erupting or liable to erupt)

Sense 2dormant [BACK TO TOP]


Lying with head on paws as if sleeping


sleeping; dormant


unerect (not upright in position or posture)

Domain category:

heraldry (the study and classification of armorial bearings and the tracing of genealogies)

Sense 3dormant [BACK TO TOP]


In a condition of biological rest or suspended animation


hibernating; torpid; dormant

Context examples:

dormant buds / a hibernating bear / torpid frogs


asleep (in a state of sleep)

Domain category:

biological science; biology (the science that studies living organisms)

Sense 4dormant [BACK TO TOP]


Inactive but capable of becoming active

Context example:

her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened


inactive (not active physically or mentally)

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