hibernate

[hi-ber-neyt] /ˈhɪ bərˌneɪt/
verb (used without object), hibernated, hibernating.
1.
Zoology. to spend the winter in close quarters in a dormant condition, as bears and certain other animals.
Compare estivate.
2.
to withdraw or be in seclusion; retire.
3.
to winter in a place with a milder climate:
"Each winter finds us hibernating in Florida."
Origin
1795–1805; < Latin hībernātus (past participle of hībernāre to spend the winter). See hibernal, -ate1
Related forms
hibernation, noun
hibernator, noun
posthibernation, adjective
semihibernation, noun
Can be confused
estivate, hibernate.
Example Sentences for hibernation
It is unlikely this was hibernation in the zoological sense.
The disease disorients bats, disturbing their sleep and causing them to fly when they normally don't, during hibernation.
Global warming is disrupting many hibernation schedules, sometimes with deadly consequences.
Grizzlies aren't as much interested in the protein in salmon as in the fat, which fuels their high-energy winter hibernation.
But with the winter hibernation season closing in, it's sad to know that more bats are sure to die.
They have experienced reversible metabolic hibernation.
Small mammals such as the hamster and dormouse hibernate, but a bear's deep sleep is not a true state of hibernation.
The condition makes bats restless and disturbs their winter hibernation.
Instead, they'll fall into a kind of suspended animation, or hibernation.
These processes are unique to the winter sleep of bears, which by any reasonable definition is hibernation.
British Dictionary definitions for hibernation
hibernate (ˈhaɪbəˌneɪt)
 
vb
1.  Compare aestivate (of some mammals, reptiles, and amphibians) to pass the winter in a dormant condition with metabolism greatly slowed down
2.  to cease from activity
 
[C19: from Latin hībernāre to spend the winter, from hībernus of winter, from hiems winter]
 
hiber'nation
 
n
 
'hibernator
 
n

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Word Origin and History for hibernation
hibernation
1664, from L. hibernationem (nom. hibernatio "the action of passing the winter," from hibernare "to winter," from hiems "winter," from PIE *gheim- "snow, winter" (cf. Skt. heman "in winter," Hittite gimmanza, Gk. kheima, O.C.S. zima, Lith. ziema "winter"). Hibernate is first attested 1802.
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hibernation in Science
hibernation
  (hī'bər-nā'shən)   
An inactive state resembling deep sleep in which certain animals living in cold climates pass the winter. In hibernation, the body temperature is lowered and breathing and heart rates slow down. Hibernation protects the animal from cold and reduces the need for food during the season when food is scarce. Compare estivation.
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hibernation in Culture

hibernation definition


Passing the winter in a sleeping or inactive condition. Bears, ground squirrels, woodchucks, and several other kinds of animals hibernate.

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