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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A state of drowsiness; sleepiness.

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  • n. a state of drowsiness or sleepiness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Sleepiness; drowsiness; inclination to sleep.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Sleepiness; drowsiness; inclination to sleep; sluggishness.
  • n. In pathology, a state intermediate between sleeping and waking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a very sleepy state


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  • Mr. Ventnor sat in an armchair on the opposite side of the fire; and, finding a kind of somnolence creeping over him, pinched himself.

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  • Though the movie is endeavoring to rouse the youth of a nation out of some kind of somnolence, it still adheres to a retrograde movie morality out of 30s-era Hollywood.

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  • Thus, they could not understand his excessive somnolence in the forenoon, nor his excessive activity at night.

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  • She underwent what was fashionably known in those days as a cure de sommeil, a treatment that involved being pumped so full of tranquilizers she was “in a constant state of somnolence.”

    A Covert Affair

  • Karen occasionally talked in her sleep, muttering and mumbling, no words that he could decipher, the language of somnolence.


  • But what happens in the body to cause this post-feast dip—known as postprandial somnolence in the medical community—isn't clear.

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  • Holiday Snooze postprandial somnolence The urge to nap after a heavy meal like the Thanksgiving feast is commonly referred to as food coma.

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  • Now the seismic force of the Egyptian revolution has shaken them out of years of somnolence.

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  • But what happens in the body to cause this post-feast dip—known as postprandial somnolence in the medical community—isn't clear, according to nutrition and sleep experts.

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  • Orvetti's recap at The event was respectful to the point of somnolence, with candidates offering one-minute answers to moderators' questions and not engaging one another.

    DeMorning DeBonis: Feb. 4, 2011


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