American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To pass the winter in a dormant or torpid state.
- v. To be in an inactive or dormant state or period.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To winter; pass the season of winter in close quarters or in seclusion, and generally in a torpid condition, as some animals.
- Figuratively, to remain in seclusion; pass the time torpidly or apathetically.
- v. intransitive To spend winter time in hibernation.
- v. intransitive (computing) To enter a standby state which conserves power without losing the contents of memory.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To winter; to pass the season of winter in close quarters, in a torpid or lethargic state, as certain mammals, reptiles, and insects.
- v. sleep during winter
- v. be in an inactive or dormant state
- From Latin hibernatus, from hibernō, from hībernus ("winter"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin hībernāre, hībernāt-, to winter, from hībernus, relating to winter; see ghei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“In fact, this instinct to hibernate is exactly why we should gather together, celebrating life and family and togetherness, thinking about the best of the year gone past and making plans for the one to come.”
“Today, scientists simply use the word hibernate when discussing the physiological processes of bears that go to sleep for the winter.”
“A vaccine is a possibility, but vaccines may not function well when the bats hibernate, which is also when they are most vulnerable.”
“Last Edit: December 21, 2008, 07: 53: 50 AM by sammy2fish », it must be something like the data sitting in hibernate, that is causing the problem.”
“I agree with kjpetrie, it must be something like the data sitting in hibernate, that is causing the problem.”
“Another way to hibernate is to 'Log Off' and then hibernate.”
“SmartSleep. prefPane Two years back, a feature called hibernate silently went into newer Powerbooks.”
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