• A man stands over Que, who is asleep on his mailbag
    A man stands over Que, who is asleep on his mailbag
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj asleep dead "he is deceased","our dear departed friend"
    • adj asleep in a state of sleep "were all asleep when the phone rang","fell asleep at the wheel"
    • adj asleep lacking sensation "my foot is asleep","numb with cold"
    • adv asleep into a sleeping state "he fell asleep"
    • adv asleep in the sleep of death
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Eberhard asleep under a tree, his head pillowed on the lap of another man Eberhard asleep under a tree, his head pillowed on the lap of another man
And lying down on Tiny's bed, falls asleep And lying down on Tiny's bed, falls asleep
Asleep on the Train Asleep on the Train
A kitten curled on its side asleep, front paws tucked up under its chin A kitten curled on its side asleep, front paws tucked up under its chin
A lion snuggled up asleep in bed, under a polkadot patterned comforter A lion snuggled up asleep in bed, under a polkadot patterned comforter
Fast asleep, with his head on the dog Fast asleep, with his head on the dog
Boy Blue fast asleep Boy Blue fast asleep

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average person falls asleep in about 12 to 14 minutes
    • Asleep In a state of sleep; in sleep; dormant. "Fast asleep the giant lay supine.""By whispering winds soon lulled asleep ."
    • Asleep In the sleep of the grave; dead. "Concerning them which are asleep . . . sorrow not, even as others which have no hope."
    • Asleep Numbed, and, usually, tingling. "Leaning long upon any part maketh it numb, and, as we call it, asleep ."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Eating a banana at night can help in falling asleep
    • asleep In or into a state of sleep: as, to fall asleep.
    • asleep Figuratively— Dead; in or into a state of death: chiefly in the Scriptures and religious literature.
    • asleep Dormant; inactive; idle.
    • asleep Having a peculiar numb feeling, accompanied by or passing off with a prickly tingling sensation. This condition is produced usually by prolonged pressure on the nerve-trunks, and consequently is most frequent in the arms and legs.
    • asleep Nautical, said of sails when the wind is just strong enough to distend them and prevent them from shaking.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper was so relaxed on the morning of his launch into space in May 1963 that he fell asleep in his space capsule while waiting for blastoff.
    • adj., adv Asleep a-slēp′ in sleep: sleeping: in the sleep of death, dead.
    • ***


  • Laurence Sterne
    “One may as well be asleep as to read for anything but to improve his mind and morals, and regulate his conduct.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “There never was a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him asleep.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Why level downward to our dullest perception always, and praise that as common sense? The commonest sense is the sense of men asleep, which they express by snoring.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It was once said that if you took all of the people who fell asleep in church and laid them end to end they would be more comfortable.”
  • P.K. Shaw
    P.K. Shaw
    “It is a shame that when we have a good dream we are asleep at the time.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “No man can reveal to you nothing but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.”


Asleep at the switch - If someone is asleep at the switch, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities very carefully. 'Asleep at the wheel' is an alternative.
Asleep at the wheel - If someone is asleep at the wheel, they are not doing their job or taking their responsibilities very carefully. 'Asleep at the switch' is an alternative.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. a-, + sleep,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prep. a, and Sleep.


In literature:

Many of the men fell fast asleep in spite of the random firing, but my mind was busy with thoughts of the approaching fight.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
In the other was a big fat boy, fast asleep.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
Many times the subject falls asleep while giving himself posthypnotic suggestions.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
No sooner had I placed my head upon the bale of goods which served me as a pillow, than I was fast asleep.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
He lay down and fell asleep, holding the bridle in his hand.
"Taking Tales" by W.H.G. Kingston
The little girl sat in her father's lap and listened until she went soundly asleep.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
The travellers were all very tired, and so, notwithstanding Rosa's fears and Sybil's jealousy, they were all soon fast asleep.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Often she left her mother asleep in the big easy chair.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Did you suppose I was asleep there, or writing poetry all alone, or what?
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
They ate with relish, and then, overcome by weariness, they lay down on the straw and fell asleep.
"The River of Darkness" by William Murray Graydon
After a time he gave up trying to pretend, but curled himself up and fell fast asleep.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
Since they left Devonshire, Cecil has scarcely been an hour out of his sight save when asleep.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
In another minute he was apparently fast asleep.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
He had laid down after breakfast on a sofa in the first lieutenant's cabin, and gone fast asleep.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
There were five of them; the sixth was asleep in the cradle.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
In a few minutes you will be asleep yourself.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
While he was pondering it his eyes closed and he fell asleep.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
Charley, his mind relieved by confession, in the midst of further rhapsodies, suddenly fell asleep.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
It should have awakened her crew, even though all were asleep in the forecastle!
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
Besides, if her mother didn't want to answer, she could pretend to be asleep.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan

In poetry:

The flower is asleep.
But it is not dead,
When the morning shines
It will lift its head.
"Up And-Down" by George MacDonald
And men shall travail,
And laugh and weep;
But we have vistas
Of Gods asleep,
With dreams as deep.
"Beata Solitudo" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Grey clouds in the sky,
And the grey world asleep,
Grey ghosts that sigh,
And grey eyes that weep.
"The Grey World" by Leon Gellert
Lived on one's back,
In the long hours of repose,
Life is a practical nightmare -
Hideous asleep or awake.
"Vigil" by William Ernest Henley
Fell upon his knees to thank,
Loved and lauded there;
Stretched him on the mossy bank,
Fell asleep in prayer;
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
This is a tale of the trenches
Told when the shadows creep
Over the bay and traverse
And poppies fall asleep.
"A Vision" by Patrick MacGill

In news:

Police say that a Whitesboro man who left his vehicle parked across both lanes of road then forced his way into someone's garage and fell asleep in their car.
Driver in rollover crash says he fell asleep .
0The driver told police he was driving his SUV on US-41 when he fell asleep , lost control and flipped over.
Chiefs LB Belcher found asleep in automobile outside another girlfriend's house hours before murder-suicide.
Burglar falls asleep in stranger's home, police say.
Frederick police have arrested a man they say entered a stranger's house and fell asleep on the couch.
Why You Can't Fall Asleep At Night.
More young drivers falling asleep behind wheel.
Police say three men are being treated for carbon-monoxide poisoning after they fell asleep in their RV in a parking lot on Long Island.
Asleep at the Wheel.
Asleep at the Wheel's Ray Benson, right, will perform with the band Nov 18 at Plaza Live in Orlando.
Man arrested for OWI falls asleep in squad with pot in hands.
A missing 16-year-old special education student and a 21-year-old sex offender were found asleep Wednesday morning at a north Tacoma home, police said.
Acting out dreams while asleep .
Driver falls asleep behind the wheel, wrecks truck.

In science:

For years I have been thinking about how conscience emerges from the underlying neuron clatter (by conscience I mean awareness, i.e. the difference between being awake and asleep).
A model of memory, learning and recognition
Keep going until your entire audience has fallen asleep or lost interest.
String Theory and the Vacuum Structure of Confining Gauge Theories
The Prawn Engine is event-driven, i.e., its main process remains asleep waiting for an event to occur.
Rapid Prototyping over IEEE 802.11
My capacity for alertness is limited: I cannot keep driving a car indefinitely without sleeping; after a time I will begin to have random neuron firings, eventually hallucinate, and finally fall asleep at the wheel.
Quantum randomness can be controlled by free will -a consequence of the before-before experiment
So, with their minds full of relativity and what not, Amu and Ruju fell asleep.
Special Relativity for the School Going Child
Sensors do not make any observations while they are asleep, resulting in erasures.
An Infeasibility Result for the Multiterminal Source-Coding Problem