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somnolent

[som-nuh-luhnt]
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adjective
  1. sleepy; drowsy.
  2. tending to cause sleep.
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Origin of somnolent

1425–75; late Middle English sompnolent < Old French < Latin somnolentus, derivative of somnus sleep; see -ulent
Related formssom·no·lence, som·no·len·cy, nounsom·no·lent·ly, adverbhy·per·som·no·lence, nounhy·per·som·no·lent, adjectivehy·per·som·no·lent·ly, adverbsem·i·som·no·lence, nounsem·i·som·no·lent, adjectivesem·i·som·no·lent·ly, adverbun·som·no·lent, adjectiveun·som·no·lent·ly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for somnolence

Historical Examples

  • They pretended they desired this tranquillity, and somnolence of their hearts.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • A crack on the head makes you dizzy and into her dizziness a somnolence had entered.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • There could be no doubt of Tim's somnolence for he gave unmistakable evidence of it.

    Adrift in the Wilds

    Edward S. Ellis

  • He broke into camp and roused McHale from a state of somnolence and tobacco.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm

  • Somnolence is nothing more than an inordinate tendency to sleep.

    Sleep and Its Derangements

    William A. Hammond


British Dictionary definitions for somnolence

somnolent

adjective
  1. drowsy; sleepy
  2. causing drowsiness
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Derived Formssomnolence or somnolency, nounsomnolently, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin somnus sleep
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Word Origin and History for somnolence

n.

late 14c., from Old French sompnolence (14c.), from Latin somnolentia "sleepiness," from somnolentus, from somnus "sleep" (see somnus). Related: Somnolency.

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somnolent

adj.

mid-15c., sompnolent, from Old French sompnolent (Modern French somnolent) or directly from Latin somnolentus "sleepy, drowsy," from somnus "sleep" (see Somnus). Respelled 17c. on Latin model.

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somnolence in Medicine

somnolence

(sŏmnə-ləns)
n.
  1. A state of drowsiness; sleepiness.
  2. A condition of semiconsciousness approaching coma.
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somnolent

(sŏmnə-lənt)
adj.
  1. Drowsy; sleepy.
  2. Inducing or tending to induce sleep; soporific.
  3. In a condition of incomplete sleep; semicomatose.
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