Dor·mant n. Arch. A large beam in the roof of a house upon which portions of the other timbers rest or “ sleep.” --Arch. Pub. Soc. -- Called also dormant tree, dorman tree, dormond, and dormer.
adj 1: of e.g. volcanos; temporarily inactive; "a dormant volcano"
[syn: inactive] [ant: extinct, active]
2: lying with head on paws as if sleeping [syn: dormant(ip),
3: in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation;
"dormant buds"; "a hibernating bear"; "torpid frogs" [syn:
4: not active but capable of becoming active; "her feelings of
affection are dormant but easily awakened"