Origin of dormant
Examples from the Web for dormant
In addition to its million-and-a-half year dormant stretch, the fault line is nearly impossible to see from above.
We reported on the efforts of Dr. Susan Harkema, who is working to “wake up” dormant spinal cord neurons.
Is there an innate, yet dormant capacity within the elderly to actually reverse their ailments if only given the right signals?
However, the company could simply file ‘dormant’ accounts that reveal nothing, according to a tax specialist quoted in The Times.
The Tea Party caucus she helped found to much fanfare in 2011 is now dormant.Exclusive: Congressional Ethics Probe Adds to Michele Bachmann’s Political Woes|John Avlon|March 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She had the smile called wide, and it lit up her whole face with rare flashes of dormant humor.The Girl Scouts at Camp Comalong|Lillian Garis
The bulbs should be dormant for four or five months in a dry place with a temperature of about 50.The Practical Garden-Book|C. E. Hunn
To which he answered in the negative, observing that they were a dormant security.
What was the state of the case now no one exactly knew; though it was shrewdly suspected that the engagement was only dormant.Lady Rose's Daughter|Mrs. Humphry Ward
No doubt, dormant within me lies every besetting sin, every human failing.Athalie|Robert W. Chambers
Word Origin for dormant
late 14c., "fixed in place," from Old French dormant (12c.), present participle of dormir "to sleep," from Latin dormire "to sleep," from PIE root *drem- "to sleep" (cf. Old Church Slavonic dremati "to sleep, doze," Greek edrathon "I slept," Sanskrit drati "sleeps"). Meaning "in a resting situation" (in heraldry) is from c.1500. Meaning "sleeping' is from 1620s.