sleep meaning

[ sli:p ] Pronunciation:   "sleep" in a sentence
Noun: sleep  sleep
  1. A natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended
    "he didn't get enough sleep last night"
    - slumber 
  2. A torpid state resembling deep sleep
    - sopor 
  3. A period of time spent sleeping
    "he felt better after a little sleep"
    - nap 
  4. Euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb)
    "they had to put their family pet to sleep"
    - rest, eternal rest, eternal sleep, quietus
Verb: sleep (slept)  sleep
  1. Be asleep
    - kip [Brit], slumber, log Z's, catch some Z's 
  2. Be able to accommodate for sleeping
    "This tent sleeps six people"

Derived forms: sleeps, sleeping, slept

See also: sleep in, sleep out, sleeper, sleeping, sleepy

Type of: accommodate, admit, death, hold, period, period of time, physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state, rest, time period

Antonym: wake

Encyclopedia: Sleep, Doctor, Sleep Sleep Sleep, rem Sleep, My Love

A readily reversible suspension of sensorimotor interaction with the environment,usually associated with recumbency and immobility. n
1 : the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored
2 : a state resembling sleep: as
a : DEATH 1 ‹put a pet cat to sleep›
b : a state marked by a diminution of feeling followed by tingling ‹her foot went to sleep›
vi slept ; sleep·ing : to rest in a state of sleep

1. <operating system, multitasking> (Or "block") When a process on a multitasking system asks the scheduler to deactivate it until some given external event (e.g. an interrupt or a specified time delay) occurs.

The alternative is to poll or "busy wait" for the event but this uses processing power.

Also used in the phrase "sleep on" (or "block on") some external event, meaning to wait for it.

E.g. the Unix command of the same name which pauses the current process for a given number of seconds.

2. <hardware> To go into partial deactivation to save power.


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  1. we cannot afford to sleep away our life.
  2. they dissipate all night and sleep all day.
  3. i was very sleepy and went back to sleep.
  4. his eyes were bloodshot from lack of sleep.
  5. the continuous din made sleep impossible.

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