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[sluhm-ber] /ˈslʌm bər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to sleep, especially lightly; doze; drowse.
2.
to be in a state of inactivity, negligence, quiescence, or calm:
Vesuvius is slumbering.
verb (used with object)
3.
to spend or pass (time) in slumbering (often followed by away, out, or through):
to slumber the afternoon away.
4.
to dispel or forget by slumbering (often followed by away):
to slumber cares away.
noun
5.
Sometimes, slumbers. sleep, especially light sleep.
6.
a period of sleep, especially light sleep.
7.
a state of inactivity, quiescence, etc.
Origin
1175-1225
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.
Related forms
slumberer, noun
slumberless, adjective
unslumbering, adjective
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Examples for slumbering
  • 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.
  • You're slumbering in relation to the facts and you're slumbering in relation to their significance.
  • One a slumbering slow and steady elephant while the other fast, furious and impatience dragon.
  • It was as if the buildings' slumbering giants were awakening.
  • There's an evident affection here for small and lesser-known wintering animals, such as voles and shrews and slumbering frogs.
  • They live out their lives in close proximity to their slumbering human hosts.
  • It was not from the slumbering gods but from the molten depths of the world itself.
  • The slumbering centuries lie coiled beneath his feet, their hidden.
British Dictionary definitions for slumbering

slumber

/ˈslʌmbə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to sleep, esp peacefully
2.
(intransitive) to be quiescent or dormant
3.
(transitive) foll by away. to spend (time) sleeping
noun
4.
(sometimes pl) sleep
5.
a dormant or quiescent state
Derived Forms
slumberer, noun
slumberless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English slūma sleep (n); related to Middle High German slummeren, Dutch sluimeren
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Word Origin and History for slumbering
slumber
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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