• WordNet 3.6
    • v hibernate sleep during winter "Bears must eat a lot of food before they hibernate in their caves"
    • v hibernate be in an inactive or dormant state
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Not all polar bears hibernate; only pregnant females polar bears do
    • v. i Hibernate To winter; to pass the season of winter in close quarters, in a torpid or lethargic state, as certain mammals, reptiles, and insects. "Inclination would lead me to hibernate , during half the year, in this uncomfortable climate of Great Britain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A woodchuck breathes 2,100 times an hour, but it only breathes ten times an hour while it is hibernating.
    • hibernate To winter; pass the season of winter in close quarters or in seclusion, and generally in a torpid condition, as some animals.
    • hibernate Figuratively, to remain in seclusion; pass the time torpidly or apathetically.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Hibernate hī′bėr-nāt to winter: to pass the winter in torpor: to live in seclusion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. hibernare, hibernatum, fr. hibernus, wintry. See Hibernal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. hibernāre, -ātumhibernus, wintry—hiems, winter.


In literature:

There was evidence that they hibernated during the winters in the warm caves.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
The South was self-supporting, as the hibernator that crawls into a stump to subsist upon its own fat.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
Clean cultivation will, of course, destroy many larvae that hibernate under trash.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Thirty-Fourth Annual Report 1943" by Various
The old hibernating instinct again, perhaps.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
The bears stuffed cracks between the fallen trees with moss, and so made themselves a tight house in which to hibernate.
"The Cursed Patois" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
To hibernate does not mean the same as to sleep.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Several species share this habit of hibernating throughout the winter.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
That night he slept like a hibernating bear.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
I had only been walking for a little while when the distant rumble of a milk-cart reminded me that it was past time to hibernate.
"'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany" by Gerald Featherstone Knight
It breeds several times in a year and does not hibernate, so is compelled to lay up stores of food for winter use.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton

In poetry:

His haughty and hibernal gaze
Seemed like twin icicles to strike.
The whole man was, in many ways,
Peculiarly cucumber-like.
"The Impervious Iceberg" by C J Dennis
Its verdure grew, its alders spread,
Its fame extended many a mile,
'Twas type of resurrected dead--
This hibernating, floating isle.
"Fidelity" by Jared Barhite

In news:

MISSION HILL — Although not much growing is done this time of year, it doesn't mean Hebda Family Produce goes into a state of hibernation over the winter months.
I am going to hibernate .
Everything about hibernation sounds awesome.
The untold stories of bears and other animals that we have learned in school that hibernate (or do they call it winter sleep?
It's cold outside, and people are hibernating.
Winter is here and most people in Central Texas begin to hibernate with their dormant plants waiting for the sunny days of spring.
Luckily for us, the cold months don't last terribly long -- but that doesn't mean we can't hibernate the way Northerners do.
The Crab has had it with hibernating.
It's ready to emerge from a winter of hibernation with a spring of renewed activism.
Twin Falls Bear 'Hibernating' In Storage Room .
Hibernation could be the key to surviving a trip to the ER.
Is hibernation the solution not just to interstellar travel but to battlefield trauma.
New research aims to study the use of hibernation to stabilize soldiers for transport to medical facilities.
A gigantic, rare and delicate water lily is back at the Huntsville Botanical Garden after two years in hibernation.
Once outdoor housekeeping is done, gardeners can hibernate.

In science:

With this, T Pyx will enter a state of hibernation lasting for an estimated 2,600,000 years before gravitational radiation brings the system into contact again.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
The time before the ‘1866’ eruption has T Pyx in a completely different state (which we label as the ‘ordinary CV state’), while the stopping of accretion implies that T Pyx will go into yet a third state (which we will label as the ‘hibernation state’, cf.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
Shara et al. 1989 and the hibernation scenario of cataclysmic variables).
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
So we see the long term evolution of T Pyx as passing through at least three states in succession, from the ordinary CV state to the RN state to the hibernation state.
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis
Transition from the deeply hibernating state to the CV state will involve increasing rates of mass transfer, possibly bringing on U Gem and Z Cam dwarf nova behavior, too (Shara et al. 2007).
The Nova Shell and Evolution of the Recurrent Nova T Pyxidis