sleepy; drowsy.
tending to cause sleep.

1425–75; late Middle English sompnolent < Old French < Latin somnolentus, derivative of somnus sleep; see -ulent

somnolence, somnolency, noun
somnolently, adverb
hypersomnolence, noun
hypersomnolent, adjective
hypersomnolently, adverb
semisomnolence, noun
semisomnolent, adjective
semisomnolently, adverb
unsomnolent, adjective
unsomnolently, adverb

1. slumberous. 2. somniferous, soporific. Unabridged
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somnolent (ˈsɒmnələnt)
1.  drowsy; sleepy
2.  causing drowsiness
[C15: from Latin somnus sleep]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. sompnolence, from L. somnolentia "sleepiness," from somnolentus, from somnus "sleep," from PIE *swep-no, from base *swep- "sleep" (cf. Skt. svapnah, Avestan kvafna-, Gk. hypnos, Lith. sapnas, O.C.S. sunu, O.Ir. suan, Welsh hun "sleep," L. sopor "a deep sleep," O.E. swefn, O.N. svefn
"a dream").
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Medical Dictionary

somnolence som·no·lence (sŏm'nə-ləns)

  1. A state of drowsiness; sleepiness.

  2. A condition of semiconsciousness approaching coma.

somnolent som·no·lent (sŏm'nə-lənt)

  1. Drowsy; sleepy.

  2. Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.

  3. In a condition of incomplete sleep; semicomatose.

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Example sentences
It is shot in slow-motion to convey horror, but it only conveys somnolence.
The volcano seemed to return to somnolence early this month.
The midday hours, however, were given over to a heat-imposed somnolence.
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