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Definition of "dormant" []

  • Lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive. (adjective)
  • Latent but capable of being activated: "a harrowing experience which . . . lay dormant but still menacing” ( Charles Jackson). (adjective)
  • Temporarily quiescent: a dormant volcano. See Synonyms at inactive, latent. (adjective)
  • In a condition of biological rest or inactivity characterized by cessation of growth or development and the suspension of many metabolic processes. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dormant" in a sentence
  • "They are dormant, at any rate, to use another word, for the death of my text is not so absolute a death but that a resurrection is possible, and so _dormant_ comes to express pretty nearly the same thing."
  • "The term dormant factor (bag-la nyal) means, literally, something that is “asleep to the taste of the mind.”"
  • "How long they will remain dormant is anybody's guess."