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dormant

[dawr-muh nt] /ˈdɔr mənt/
adjective
1.
lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive, as in sleep; torpid:
The lecturer's sudden shout woke the dormant audience.
2.
in a state of rest or inactivity; inoperative; in abeyance:
The project is dormant for the time being.
3.
Biology. in a state of minimal metabolic activity with cessation of growth, either as a reaction to adverse conditions or as part of an organism's normal annual rhythm.
4.
undisclosed; unasserted:
dormant musical talent.
5.
(of a volcano) not erupting.
6.
Botany. temporarily inactive:
dormant buds; dormant seeds.
7.
(of a pesticide) applied to a plant during a period of dormancy:
a dormant spray.
8.
Heraldry. (of an animal) represented as lying with its head on its forepaws, as if asleep.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English dorma(u)nt < Anglo-French, present participle of dormir < Latin dormīre to sleep; see -ant
Related forms
nondormant, adjective
semidormant, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. quiescent. See inactive. 4. latent.
Antonyms
1. awake, active.
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British Dictionary definitions for nondormant

dormant

/ˈdɔːmənt/
adjective
1.
quiet and inactive, as during sleep
2.
latent or inoperative
3.
(of a volcano) neither extinct nor erupting
4.
(biology) alive but in a resting torpid condition with suspended growth and reduced metabolism
5.
(usually postpositive) (heraldry) (of a beast) in a sleeping position
Compare active, passive
Derived Forms
dormancy, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French dormant, from dormir to sleep, from Latin dormīre
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Word Origin and History for nondormant

dormant

adj.

late 14c., "fixed in place," from Old French dormant (12c.), present participle of dormir "to sleep," from Latin dormire "to sleep," from PIE root *drem- "to sleep" (cf. Old Church Slavonic dremati "to sleep, doze," Greek edrathon "I slept," Sanskrit drati "sleeps"). Meaning "in a resting situation" (in heraldry) is from c.1500. Meaning "sleeping' is from 1620s.

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nondormant in Science
dormant
  (dôr'mənt)   
  1. Being in an inactive state during which growth and development cease and metabolism is slowed, usually in response to an adverse environment. In winter, some plants survive as dormant seeds or bulbs, and some animals enter the dormant state of hibernation.

  2. Not active but capable of renewed activity. Volcanoes that have erupted within historical times and are expected to erupt again are dormant.


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