from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To sleep.
- intransitive v. To be dormant or quiescent.
- transitive v. To pass (time) in sleep: slumbered the night away.
- n. Sleep.
- n. A state of inactivity or dormancy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A very light state of sleep, almost awake.
- v. To be in a very light state of sleep, almost awake
- v. To be inactive
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To sleep; especially, to sleep lightly; to doze.
- intransitive v. To be in a state of negligence, sloth, supineness, or inactivity.
- transitive v. To lay to sleep.
- transitive v. To stun; to stupefy.
- n. Sleep; especially, light sleep; sleep that is not deep or sound; repose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To grow sleepy or drowsy; begin to sleep; fall asleep; also, to sleep lightly; doze.
- To sleep; sleep quietly.
- To be in a state of negligence, sloth, supineness, or inactivity.
- Synonyms and 2. Drowse, Doze, etc. See sleep.
- To lay to sleep; cause to slumber or sleep.
- To stun; stupefy.
- To cause to be latent; keep as if in a sleeping condition.
- n. Light sleep; sleep not deep or sound.
- n. Sleep, especially sound sleep.
- n. A sleeping state; sleep regarded as an act.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a dormant or quiescent state
- n. a natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended
- v. be asleep
Middle English slumeren, slumberen, frequentative of slumen, to doze, probably from slume, light sleep, from Old English slūma.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English slomren, slombren, frequentive of slumen ("to doze"), probably from slume ("slumber"), from Old English sluma, akin to Middle High German slumen ("to slumber"). Non-Germanic cognates include Albanian gjumë ("sleep"). (Wiktionary)