to sleep, especially lightly; doze; drowse.
to be in a state of inactivity, negligence, quiescence, or calm: Vesuvius is slumbering.
to spend or pass (time) in slumbering (often followed by away, out, or through): to slumber the afternoon away.
to dispel or forget by slumbering (often followed by away): to slumber cares away.
Sometimes slumbers. sleep, especially light sleep.
a period of sleep, especially light sleep.
a state of inactivity, quiescence, etc.
- slum·ber·er, noun
- slum·ber·less, adjective
- un·slum·ber·ing, adjective
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How to use slumber in a sentence
With the right app, your phone can keep tabs on your slumber too.Skip the wearables and track your sleep with these 5 apps | David Nield | January 6, 2021 | Popular-Science
ScanWatch by WithingsA smartwatch to help detect sleep apneaObstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which the muscles that keep our airways open relax during slumber, narrowing or stopping flow and causing periodic gaps in breathing.
Scientists have yet to pinpoint the roots of this phenomenon, but some think it occurs when the brain crosses wires between conscious awareness and the dream-filled REM stage of slumber.
Brian, my boyfriend, practically leapt from his slumber and bonked his head against the insulated metal ceiling of my minivan, stunned awake.I Tried to Climb the Largest Sand Dune in North America | Emily Pennington | September 22, 2020 | Outside Online
What’s more, the liberation of coronavirus strictures will be unevenly distributed, as some regions spring to life and others haltingly come out of slumber.‘It’s a dangerous time to go dark’: Advertisers prepare for an uncertain summer | Seb Joseph | June 10, 2020 | Digiday
Paul and McCain do not exactly have a history of slumber parties and hair-braiding.Rand Paul Eats Up Hoax That John McCain Met With ISIS | Olivia Nuzzi | September 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
More than one-quarter of Americans are stealing those precious hours from their slumber, and are paying a steep price for it.
No one had any difficulties sleeping the deep, untroubled slumber of the brave and the just.The Night the SEALS Captured the Butcher of Fallujah | Patrick Robinson | November 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
That our Post-Puberty Dennis the Menace appears to be lost in such deep slumber seems only understandable.This Is What Justin Bieber Looks Like Sleeping, Taken by a Groupie (VIDEO) | Kevin Fallon | November 7, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The way he goes about this vengeance, however, is enough a snooze for you to want to close your own coffin for an eternal slumber.
Finding him awake, he sat by his side and, with the earnestness of a nursery-maid, patted him off to slumber.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
The smile was still on his lips when his head drooped on a piece of ice, and he sank into a deep slumber.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
These instructions were obeyed implicitly, and soon the camp was buried in apparent slumber.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Yung Pak and the other members of the family also retired, and were soon buried in peaceful slumber.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
He never made any attempt to learn the abstract science of war, and until stirred by danger his character seemed to slumber.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for slumber
(intr) to sleep, esp peacefully
(intr) to be quiescent or dormant
(tr foll by away) to spend (time) sleeping
(sometimes plural) sleep
a dormant or quiescent state
- slumberer, noun
- slumberless, adjective
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