verb (used without object)
to sleep, especially lightly; doze; drowse.
to be in a state of inactivity, negligence, quiescence, or calm: Vesuvius is slumbering.
verb (used with object)
to spend or pass (time) in slumbering (often followed by away, out, or through ): to slumber the afternoon away.
to dispel or forget by slumbering (often followed by away ): to slumber cares away.
Sometimes, slumbers. sleep, especially light sleep.
a period of sleep, especially light sleep.
a state of inactivity, quiescence, etc.

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English slumeren, frequentative of slumen to doze, derivative of Old English slūma sleep (see -er6); compare German schlummern; (noun) Middle English slomur, slomber, derivative of the v.

slumberer, noun
slumberless, adjective
unslumbering, adjective Unabridged
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slumber (ˈslʌmbə)
vb (foll by away)
1.  (intr) to sleep, esp peacefully
2.  (intr) to be quiescent or dormant
3.  to spend (time) sleeping
4.  (sometimes plural) sleep
5.  a dormant or quiescent state
[Old English slūma sleep (n); related to Middle High German slummeren, Dutch sluimeren]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., alteration of slumeren (early 13c.), frequentative form of slumen "to doze," probably from O.E. sluma "light sleep" (cf. M.Du. slumen, Du. sluimeren, Ger. schlummern "to slumber"). Frequentative on the notion of "intermittent light sleep." The noun is attested from late 14c. Slumber party first
recorded 1942.
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Example sentences
Yet this breathtaking beauty sits on top of a slumbering monster.
Not so today as its double-digit growth seems highly improbable, with the
  country turning into a slumbering elephant.
It was as if the buildings' slumbering giants were awakening.
They live out their lives in close proximity to their slumbering human hosts.
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