somnambulate

[ som-nam-byuh-leyt, suh m- ]
/ sɒmˈnæm byəˌleɪt, səm- /

verb (used without object), som·nam·bu·lat·ed, som·nam·bu·lat·ing.

to walk during sleep; sleepwalk.

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Origin of somnambulate

1825–35; < Latin somn(us) sleep + ambulate

OTHER WORDS FROM somnambulate

som·nam·bu·lant, adjective, nounsom·nam·bu·la·tion, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for somnambulation

  • The cataleptic spasm which preceded the reverie and somnambulation in the patient, whose case is related in Sect.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II|Erasmus Darwin
  • This mental effort is termed reverie, or somnambulation, and is described more at large in Sect.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I|Erasmus Darwin

British Dictionary definitions for somnambulation

somnambulate
/ (sɒmˈnæmbjʊˌleɪt) /

verb

(intr) to walk while asleep

Derived forms of somnambulate

somnambulance, nounsomnambulant, adjective, nounsomnambulation, nounsomnambulator, noun

Word Origin for somnambulate

C19: from Latin somnus sleep + ambulāre to walk
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