Sleep

Sleep 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. [1913 Webster]

Watching at the head of these that sleep. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Figuratively: (a) To be careless, inattentive, or uncouncerned; not to be vigilant; to live thoughtlessly. [1913 Webster]

We sleep over our happiness. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster] (b) To be dead; to lie in the grave. [1913 Webster]

Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. --1 Thess. iv. 14. [1913 Webster] (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. [1913 Webster]

How sweet the moonlight sleep upon this bank! --Shak. [1913 Webster]


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  • sleep — [slēp] n. [ME slep < OE slæp, akin to Ger schlaf, sleep, schlaff, loose, lax < IE * slab < base * (s)leb , * (s)lab , loose, slack > LIP, LIMP1, L labor, to slip, sink] 1. a) a natural, regularly recurring condition of rest for the… …   English World dictionary

  • sleep — vb Sleep, slumber, drowse, doze, nap, catnap, snooze mean to take rest by a suspension of consciousness. Sleep, the usual term, implies ordinarily the periodical repose of this sort in which men and animals recuperate their powers after activity …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • sleep — sleep·ered; sleep·ful; sleep·ify; sleep·i·ly; sleep; sleep·i·ness; sleep·ing·ly; sleep·less; elec·tro·sleep; sleep·er; sleep·ful·ness; sleep·less·ly; sleep·less·ness; …   English syllables

  • Sleep — unix утилита, выполняющая задержку на указанное время (например, при исполнении shell сценария) Входит, например, в GNU Coreutils. Содержание 1 Использование 2 Параметры запуска 3 …   Википедия

  • sleep — unix утилита, выполняющая задержку на указанное время (например, при исполнении shell сценария) Входит, например, в GNU Coreutils. Содержание 1 Использование 2 Параметры запуска 3 …   Википедия

  • Sleep — Sleep, v. t. 1. To be slumbering in; followed by a cognate object; as, to sleep a dreamless sleep. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. To give sleep to; to furnish with accomodations for sleeping; to lodge. [R.] Blackw. Mag. [1913 Webster] {To sleep… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleep — ► NOUN 1) a regularly recurring condition of body and mind in which the nervous system is inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended. 2) a gummy secretion found in the corners of the eyes… …   English terms dictionary

  • sleep|y — «SLEE pee», adjective, sleep|i|er, sleep|i|est. 1. ready to go to sleep; inclined to sleep: »He never gets enough rest and is always sleepy. 2. Figurative. not active; …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sleep — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sleep on — To consider overnight, postpone a decision on • • • Main Entry: ↑sleep * * * ˈsleep on [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they sleep on he/she/it sleeps on present participle …   Useful english dictionary

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