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DORMANT

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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.


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DORMANT (adjective)


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Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

dormant; inactive

Context example:

a dormant volcano

Similar:

quiescent (being quiet or still or inactive)

Attribute:

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

Antonym:

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


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Meaning:

Lying with head on paws as if sleeping

Synonyms:

sleeping; dormant

Similar:

unerect (not upright in position or posture)

Domain category:

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


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Meaning:

In a condition of biological rest or suspended animation

Synonyms:

hibernating; torpid; dormant

Context examples:

dormant buds / a hibernating bear / torpid frogs

Similar:

asleep (in a state of sleep)

Domain category:

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


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Meaning:

Inactive but capable of becoming active

Context example:

her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened

Similar:

inactive (not active physically or mentally)


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