from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See sleepwalking.
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- n. sleepwalking
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A condition of the nervous system in which an individual during sleep performs actions appropriate to the waking state; a state of sleep in which some of the senses and voluntary powers are partially awake; noctambulism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of walking about, with the performance of apparently purposive acts, while in a state intermediate between sleep and waking.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. walking by a person who is asleep
As some folks take the root parts of the word somnambulism to be literally walking while one sleeps, they miss the historical context for why the word has been misapplied and is now generally accepted to mean something the roots have nothing to do with.
Yes, even one year ago a professor of medicine confessed to me, should I pronounce the word somnambulism I'd be ruined.
Jon is calling somnambulism hypnosis while others have a wider definition of what hypnosis is.
I want to make certain I've got strong imaginative involvement usually characterized as somnambulism the bypass of the critical factor of the conscious mind so I will suggest it.
There is also a lighter phase than somnambulism, that is called fascination.
The worst phase of his somnambulism was the impending fears and terrible visions to which he was subjected.
He had reached that stage which may be called the somnambulism of fear.
Sleepwalking, also called somnambulism or noctambulism is a sleep disorder where a person will engage in movements, actions and routines that they would normally do while they're awake.
I have been asked about this phenomena in reference to hypnosis and while the technical term for sleep walking is somnambulism which is the name given to a depth of trance, the two are not so directly related.
For Schiller poetry was not 'somnambulism', but a very deliberate process; wherefore it was quite natural for him to expect that a season of philosophic study would be good for him.