• WordNet 3.6
    • v slumber be asleep
    • n slumber a dormant or quiescent state
    • n slumber a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended "he didn't get enough sleep last night","calm as a child in dreamless slumber"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Slumber Sleep; especially, light sleep; sleep that is not deep or sound; repose. "He at last fell into a slumber , and thence into a fast sleep, which detained him in that place until it was almost night.""Fast asleep? It is no matter;
      Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber ."
      "Rest to my soul, and slumber to my eyes."
    • Slumber To be in a state of negligence, sloth, supineness, or inactivity. "Why slumbers Pope?"
    • Slumber To lay to sleep.
    • Slumber To sleep; especially, to sleep lightly; to doze. "He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep."
    • Slumber To stun; to stupefy. "No puissant stroke his senses once astound ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • slumber To grow sleepy or drowsy; begin to sleep; fall asleep; also, to sleep lightly; doze.
    • slumber To sleep; sleep quietly.
    • slumber To be in a state of negligence, sloth, supineness, or inactivity.
    • slumber Synonyms and 2. Drowse, Doze, etc. See sleep.
    • slumber To lay to sleep; cause to slumber or sleep.
    • slumber To stun; stupefy.
    • slumber To cause to be latent; keep as if in a sleeping condition.
    • n slumber Light sleep; sleep not deep or sound.
    • n slumber Sleep, especially sound sleep.
    • n slumber A sleeping state; sleep regarded as an act.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Slumber slum′bėr to sleep lightly: to sleep: to be in a state of negligence or inactivity
    • n Slumber light sleep: repose
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  • William Shakespeare
    “'Tis the soldier's life to have their balmy slumbers waked with strife.”
  • Giuseppe Mazzini
    “Slumber not in the tents of your fathers. The world is advancing.”
  • William C. Bryant
    William C. Bryant
    “All that tread, the globe are but a handful to the tribes, that slumber in its bosom.”
  • Edgar F. Roberts
    Edgar F. Roberts
    “Every human mind is a great slumbering power until awakened by a keen desire and by definite resolution to do.”
  • Christina Rossetti
    “I dream of you to wake; would that I might Dream of you and not wake but slumber on...”
  • Edward Hoagland
    “Like a kick in the butt, the force of events wakes slumberous talents.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slombren, slumberen, slumeren, AS. slumerian, fr. sluma, slumber; akin to D. sluimeren, to slumber, MHG. slummern, slumen, G. schlummern, Dan. slumre, Sw. slumra, Goth. slawan, to be silent


In literature:

And her pain a slumber cureth!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843" by Various
A deep slumber stole upon him, yet could he not escape the horrors by which he was surrounded.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
She was lulled to slumberous content.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
By and by her gentle breathing showed that she was in the land of slumber.
"Betty Vivian" by L. T. Meade
He opened the door and called, and Stemm, aroused from his slumbers, slowly crept into the room.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber.
"Graded Memory Selections" by Various
Jean, fatigued by the emotions of the last half-hour, slumbered peacefully.
"The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol" by William J. Locke
Mrs. Tempest sat by the fading fire, and cried herself into a gentle slumber.
"Vixen, Volume II." by M. E. Braddon
Nemo, slumbering on his canvas, stirred uneasily.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Slumber on, ye dead ones!
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen

In poetry:

My child woke crying from her sleep;
I bended o'er her bed,
And soothed her, till in slumber deep
She from the darkness fled.
"Within and Without: Part III: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
Then Guyon rose,...and ah ! to rest,
When every weary knight was led,
After what they had seen and heard,
What wonder, slumber fled !
"The Dark Ladie" by Anne Bannerman
No echoes of old storms gone by!
Earth's sorrows slumber peacefully;
The weary are at rest, and He
Shall wipe the tears from every eye.
"Our White Dove" by Gerald Massey
Soon wilt thou wipe my tears away;
All my task upon earth is done;
My poor father, old and gray,
Slumbers beneath the churchyard stone.
"The Maiden's Sorrow" by William Cullen Bryant
Be nature's gentle slumbers mine,
And lead me gently to the last;
Until I hear Thy voice divine,
"Awake! for death's dark night is past."
"Sleep" by John Bowring
Thou who slumbered not, nor sleepest!
Blest are they Thou kindly keepest:
Thine the flaming sphere of light!
Thine the darkness of the night!
"Blessed Be Thy Name Forever" by James Hogg

In news:

As the election draws near, there is friction in the air and also a slumber that seems to be amongst many Americans.
See the best movie of the year, then go to a slumber party.
Find out which star would be your ultimate slumber sister now.
Set the mood for slumber.
Adding these foods to your diet may help to increase your odds of a successful slumber.
If possible, invite children for sleepovers only after observing their behavior at a daytime playdate, says Adam Nelson, a Richmond, VA, dad of two daughters and a slumber-party veteran.
A checklist to help parents and caregivers consider hazards and make decisions about slumber parties and sleepovers .
Martha shows how your own fabric photo background can be a festive adornment for slumber party guests.
Ready for a Slumber Party.
In 2009, Circle Cinema programmers Joshua Blevins Peck and David Nofire had an idea for a different kind of mini-film festival dubbed "Slumber Party".
Singer/DJ Brittney Bowles - aka Slumber Party - produced her first album at 15 and was soaking up club music while living in Barcelona, Spain, at the age of 21.
BFFs Cher and Kathy Griffin got together recently for slumber party.
Throw an Amazing Slumber Party.
Get Your Slumber Party On.
Seventh Day Slumber , Project V2 & Dayseye in concert at New life Chapel in Hesperia, California.

In science:

Namely, rest energy ”slumbering” in massive bodies partly is released in chemical and especially nuclear reactions.
The Enigma of the Mass