hibernation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hibernation the act of retiring into inactivity "he emerged from his hibernation to make his first appearance in several years"
    • n hibernation cessation from or slowing of activity during the winter; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals
    • n hibernation the torpid or resting state in which some animals pass the winter
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Not all polar bears hibernate; only pregnant females polar bears do
    • n Hibernation The act or state of hibernating.
    • ***
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.
    • n hibernation The act or period of hibernating.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hibernation the state of torpor in which many animals pass the winter
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. hibernation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. hibernāre, -ātumhibernus, wintry—hiems, winter.

Usage

In literature:

We call this winter sleep of animals hibernation, and many of the insects hibernate.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
Go back to your old den and hibernate.
"Ralestone Luck" by Andre Norton
In the winter the little restaurant hibernates.
"The Gourmet's Guide to Europe" by Algernon Bastard
Choice place for a cutthroat to hibernate, huh?
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
This bear does not hibernate at all, but is active all the year round.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Simply a hole to hibernate in and to sleep and eat in in summer.
"The Arena" by Various
Bears hibernate in winter, but are often out until the first snows come.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
A hole is often dug as a winter retreat, but there is no hibernation.
"The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)" by J. Arthur Thomson
The bats are hibernating in the rocks or about buildings.
"The Wit of a Duck and Other Papers" by John Burroughs
As for Pedro, he had no idea of hibernating, so he went away to a distant city and worked for a fellow countryman in a fruit store.
"Black Bruin" by Clarence Hawkes
***

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:

Justin Lin to Direct SciFi Thriller ' Hibernation ' (Exclusive).
Uptown project is out of hibernation .
I disabled hibernation on my Windows 8 install--so why does startup seem to take longer.
Apple eyes improved ' hibernation ,' power conserving methods.
When I'm not at the computer, I put it in " hibernate " mode.
People who use laptops are probably already familiar with " hibernate " mode.
Black bear abandons hibernation spot under cabin.
St Patty's Arrests Prove OWS Hibernation is Over.
NOVA scienceNOW Human Hibernation PBS.
At 52, he finally gets his first movie role and the film is likely to send viewers over the age of 10 into hibernation .
'Yogi Bear' May Send Viewers Into Hibernation .
If you're feeling withdrawal symptoms from reduced doses of Occupy Wall Street rabble-rousing (we hear they're just hibernating), the success of last week's SOPA blackout ought to cheer you up.
Control hibernation with Vista/Server 2008's revitalized power-management utility.
Hibernating mammals throughout the Northland have either already emerged from their underground sleeping chambers or are about to very soon.
The Cleveland International Piano Competition wants to make sure no one thinks the organization goes into hibernation between its big biennial events (the next is in July and August).
***

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
***