• WordNet 3.6
    • adj dormant inactive but capable of becoming active "her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened"
    • adj dormant (of e.g. volcanos) not erupting and not extinct "a dormant volcano"
    • adj dormant in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation "dormant buds","a hibernating bear","torpid frogs"
    • adj dormant lying with head on paws as if sleeping
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dormant Sleeping; asleep.
    • dormant In heraldry, lying down with its head on its fore paws, as if asleep: said of a beast used as a bearing.
    • dormant Hibernating: said of certain animals.
    • dormant In a state of rest or inactivity; quiescent; not in action, movement, force, or operation; being or kept in abeyance: as, a dormant rebellion; a dormant title; dormant privileges.
    • n dormant A beam; a sleeper: formerly also dormond, dormant-tree. Also dormer. Halliwell.
    • n dormant A dish which remains from the beginning to the end of a repast, such as cold pies, hams, and potted meats, placed down the middle of the table at a large entertainment; a centerpiece which is not removed.
    • dormant In botany, not active or growing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dormant dor′mant sleeping: at rest: not used, in abeyance (as a title): in a sleeping posture:
    • n Dormant a crossbeam: a joist
    • adj Dormant dor′mant (archit.) leaning
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  • Horace
    “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.”
  • Johann Gottfried Von Herder
    Johann Gottfried Von Herder
    “Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant, there is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. dormir—L. dormīre, to sleep.


In literature:

The coquette nature, dormant from want of practice, awoke again.
"Bluebell" by Mrs. George Croft Huddleston
Their other passions, especially their curiosity, appear in some measure to lie dormant.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
The earldom became dormant in 1739.
"Celebrated Claimants from Perkin Warbeck to Arthur Orton" by Anonymous
How could any changes in the environment of the individual have any effect upon this dormant material stored within it?
"The Story of the Living Machine" by H. W. Conn
She is a type of a vast number of girls whose religious sense lies dormant.
"The Girl and Her Religion" by Margaret Slattery
If our old orchard was to be pruned while dormant, it must be done at once.
"The Fat of the Land" by John Williams Streeter
That minor show of resistance stirred all the primitive instincts that active or dormant lurk in every strong man.
"Burned Bridges" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
We started our tour of inspection by examining and commenting gravely upon the dormant rose garden and equally dormant grape arbour.
"The Killer" by Stewart Edward White
Since Richard I had restored his independence to William the Lion, in 1189, the question of the overlordship had lain almost entirely dormant.
"An Outline of the Relations between England and Scotland (500-1707)" by Robert S. Rait
Brethren, the Spirit, or what is the same thing again, the truth of God's holy Word, must not lie dormant in us.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline

In poetry:

"It’s gittin’ torpid and dormant,
It don’t function like of old,
And even them pills he swallers
Don’t seem no more t’ catch hold;
"A Pastoral" by Ellis Parker Butler
"But now it is torpid and dormant
And painless and quiet and cold;
Ah, me! all’s so peaceful an’ quiet
Since Grandfather’s liver ’s grown old!
"A Pastoral" by Ellis Parker Butler
V. Each fond affection in her heart revive,
By waking apathy long lull'd to rest;
Once to each thrilling tone of joy alive,
Though dormant now within her joyless breast.
"Sleep" by Sydney Owenson
A hush prevails! Oppressive and profound;
A silence, broken only by the breeze;
A dormant quiet-essence and repose;
Pervading calm and sweet oblivion,--
As nature wrapt in soft refreshing sleep.
"Grandeur." by Alfred Castner King
And you wait, keep waiting for that one thing
which would infinitely enrich your life:
the powerful, uniquely uncommon,
the awakening of dormant stones,
depths that would reveal you to yourself.
"Rememberance" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Perchance some fervid plea may find
A heart to rise to its appeal;
Some statement rouse a dormant mind,
Or stir a spirit, quick to feel;
Nay, through some note of gentler tone
Even love may recognize its own.
"Influence" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

It's no joke that a potentially nasty virus lying dormant in millions of computers could be activated Wednesday - on April Fool 's Day.
When spreading mulch over plantings of perennials, take care not to cover up the crowns of dormant plants too deeply.
For grasses that are dormant, leaving the leaves does not pose a problem, but if it makes you feel better to mow over them, then go ahead.
Officials with the Mark Twain National Forest predict that trees will remain in survival mode and protect themselves by dropping leaves and going dormant early, with muted colors.
A former gravel pit that sits near the Ronald Reagan Cross County Highway is ripe for development, but a zoning dispute has kept the site dormant.
EAST PALESTINE What was a hub of activity is now dormant, drained of its water and locked to the outside world.
The crush-resistant packaging system is stacked on pallets , delievering dormant trays to growers' doors.
It is tempting to forget about weeding this time of year, but perennial weeds will continue to grow for another month or two before going dormant for the winter.
The ideal time to plant a tree is in the late fall or winter when they're dormant, but they can be planted any time.
The best time to plant a new tree is during the dormant season ­– early spring before bud break or in the fall after leaf drop.
Perennials and trees can establish roots before going dormant over winter.
Cape Coral City Council Monday voted to award a contract to an engineering firm to work on the Utilities Expansion Project in Southwest 6&7, opening the door for the long-dormant UEP to continue.
If it's an evergreen, prune in the dormant season before they start putting on new growth.
Late dormant season is the best time to prune your trees and shrubs.
1983, casino wagering, Commerce Clause, Dormant Commerce Clause, equal protection, Exxon Corp. V Governor of Md 437 US 117 (1978), Mich.

In science:

The field of high density QCD was mostly dormant since late-70’s-early 80’s, when implications of perturbative QCD for this case was worked out.
Summary of the Workshop ``the QCD Phase Transitions'' Brookhaven National Laboratory, November 4-7 1998
The QCD at finite baryon density lay dormant since 70’s, when basic applications of QCD like Debye screening were made.
New phases of QCD, the tricritical point, and RHIC as a ``nutcracker''
Proposition 2.8. A toral ly crys-stable bund le represented by (E , ∇) is dormant if the p-curvature of ∇ is zero.
Mochizuki's crys-stable bundles: a lexicon and applications
Theorem 2.9. (Mochizuki) The stack of dormant toral ly indigenous bund les is finite flat over Mg,r , and ´etale over points corresponding to total ly degenerate curves.
Mochizuki's crys-stable bundles: a lexicon and applications
Then the stack of dormant toral ly crys-stable bund les of level ℓ is flat over Mg,r of relative dimension 2g − 2 + r − 2ℓ.
Mochizuki's crys-stable bundles: a lexicon and applications