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Sleep Meaning & Definition
Sleep Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Sleep?

[n] euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb); "she was laid to rest beside her husband"; "they had to put their family pet to sleep"
[n] 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"
[n] a torpid state resembling sleep
[n] a period of time spent sleeping; "he felt better after a little sleep"; "a brief nap"
[v] be asleep
[v] be able to accommodate for sleeping; "This tent sleeps six people"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Sleep: catch some Z's | eternal rest | eternal sleep | kip | log Z's | nap | quietus | rest | slumber | slumber

Related Terms | Find terms related to Sleep:

See Also | aestivate | beauty sleep | bundle | catch a wink | catnap | contain | death | estivate | hibernate | hold | hole up | kip | live in | live out | nap | nonrapid eye movement | nonrapid eye movement sleep | NREM | NREM sleep | orthodox sleep | paradoxical sleep | period | period of time | physiological condition | physiological state | practice bundling | rapid eye movement | rapid eye movement sleep | REM | REM sleep | repose | rest | shuteye | sleep in | sleep late | sleep out | sleeping | take | time period

Sleep In Webster's Dictionary

\Sleep\, obs. imp. of Sleep. Slept. --Chaucer.
\Sleep\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Slept}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sleeping}.] [OE. slepen, AS. sl?pan; akin to OFries. sl?pa, OS. sl[=a]pan, D. slapen, OHG. sl[=a]fan, G. schlafen, Goth. sl?pan, and G. schlaff slack, loose, and L. labi to glide, slide, labare to totter. Cf. {Lapse}.] 1. To take rest by a suspension of the voluntary exercise of the powers of the body and mind, and an apathy of the organs of sense; to slumber. --Chaucer. Watching at the head of these that sleep. --Milton. 2. Figuratively: (a) To be careless, inattentive, or uncouncerned; not to be vigilant; to live thoughtlessly. We sleep over our happiness. --Atterbury. (b) To be dead; to lie in the grave. Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. --1 Thess. iv. 14. (c) To be, or appear to be, in repose; to be quiet; to be unemployed, unused, or unagitated; to rest; to lie dormant; as, a question sleeps for the present; the law sleeps. How sweet the moonlight sleep upon this bank! --Shak.
\Sleep\, v. t. 1. To be slumbering in; -- followed by a cognate object; as, to sleep a dreamless sleep. --Tennyson. 2. To give sleep to; to furnish with accomodations for sleeping; to lodge. [R.] --Blackw. Mag. {To sleep away}, to spend in sleep; as, to sleep away precious time. {To sleep off}, to become free from by sleep; as, to sleep off drunkeness or fatigue.
\Sleep\, n. [AS. sl[=ae]p; akin to OFries. sl[=e]p, OS. sl[=a]p, D. slaap, OHG. sl[=a]f, G. schlaf, Goth. sl[=e]ps. See {Sleep}, v. i.] A natural and healthy, but temporary and periodical, suspension of the functions of the organs of sense, as well as of those of the voluntary and rational soul; that state of the animal in which there is a lessened acuteness of sensory perception, a confusion of ideas, and a loss of mental control, followed by a more or less unconscious state. ``A man that waketh of his sleep.'' --Chaucer. O sleep, thou ape of death. --Shak. Note: Sleep is attended by a relaxation of the muscles, and the absence of voluntary activity for any rational objects or purpose. The pulse is slower, the respiratory movements fewer in number but more profound, and there is less blood in the cerebral vessels. It is susceptible of greater or less intensity or completeness in its control of the powers. {Sleep of plants} (Bot.), a state of plants, usually at night, when their leaflets approach each other, and the flowers close and droop, or are covered by the folded leaves. Syn: Slumber; repose; rest; nap; doze; drowse.

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