- Zoology. to spend the winter in close quarters in a dormant condition, as bears and certain other animals.Compare estivate.
- to withdraw or be in seclusion; retire.
- to winter in a place with a milder climate: Each winter finds us hibernating in Florida.
Origin of hibernate
Examples from the Web for hibernation
The study also noted that bear attacks mostly occurred during August, when bears are gearing up for hibernation and seeking food.How Climate Change Is Causing Chaos in the Animal Kingdom
January 23, 2014
Hypnody: lethargy; a condition similar to or identical with hibernation.
Reviviscence: coming back to life; awakening from hibernation.
The big man wheeled around like a bear aroused from hibernation.Jubilation, U.S.A.
G. L. Vandenburg
It's more of a coma, something like the hibernation of a bear or a possum.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
Hibernation is a strange phenomenon, and one which is but little understood.The Log of the Sun
- (of some mammals, reptiles, and amphibians) to pass the winter in a dormant condition with metabolism greatly slowed downCompare aestivate
- to cease from activity
Word Origin and History for hibernation
1660s, from Latin hibernationem (nominative hibernatio) "the action of passing the winter," noun of action from past participle stem of hibernare "to winter, pass the winter, occupy winter quarters;" related to hiems "winter," from PIE *gheim- "snow, winter" (cf. Sanskrit heman "in winter," Hittite gimmanza, Greek kheima, Old Church Slavonic zima, Lithuanian žiema "winter").
1802, probably a back-formation from hibernation. Related: Hibernated; hibernating.
- An inactive state resembling deep sleep in which certain animals living in cold climates pass the winter. In hibernation, the body temperature is lowered and breathing and heart rates slow down. Hibernation protects the animal from cold and reduces the need for food during the season when food is scarce. Compare estivation.
Passing the winter in a sleeping or inactive condition. Bears, ground squirrels, woodchucks, and several other kinds of animals hibernate.