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Definition of dormant:

  1. A large beam in the roof of a house upon which portions of the other timbers rest or sleep.
  2. In a sleeping posture; as, a lion dormant; - distinguished from couchant.
  3. Sleeping; as, a dormant animal; hence, not in action or exercise; quiescent; at rest; in abeyance; not disclosed, asserted, or insisted on; as, dormant passions; dormant claims or titles.


free, napping, slow, unerect, slumbering, vacant, dozing, hibernating, inactive, stunted, somnolent, quiescent, off, stagnation, torpid, unused, latent, nonoperational, backward, slowly, underdeveloped, action, show, latency, abeyant, asleep, fallow.

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