A Word A Day : Dormant

Word of 18th June 2007: A Word A Day-Dormant


( Adjective )

Dormant (DAWR munt): inactive; as though asleep; asleep

Dormant, like dormitory, comes from a root meaning sleep.

The volcano erupted violently and then fell dormant for several hundred years.

Many plants remain dormant through the winter. That is, they stop growing until spring.

Frank's interest in playing the piano was dormant and quite possibly dead.

The snow fell silently over the dormant villages, which became snarled in traffic jams the following morning.

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