Sleep, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Slept p. pr. & vb. n. Sleeping.]
1. To take rest by a suspension of the voluntary exercise of the powers of the body and mind, and an apathy of the organs of sense; to slumber.
Watching at the head of these that sleep. --Milton.
2. Figuratively: (a) To be careless, inattentive, or uncouncerned; not to be vigilant; to live thoughtlessly.
We sleep over our happiness. --Atterbury.
(b) To be dead; to lie in the grave.
Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. --1 Thess. iv. 14.
(c) To be, or appear to be, in repose; to be quiet; to be unemployed, unused, or unagitated; to rest; to lie dormant; as, a question sleeps for the present; the law sleeps.
How sweet the moonlight sleep upon this bank! --Shak.
Slept imp. & p. p. of Sleep.
n 1: a natural and periodic state of rest during which
consciousness of the world is suspended; "he didn't get
enough sleep last night"; "calm as a child in dreamless
slumber" [syn: slumber]
2: a torpid state resembling sleep
3: a period of time spent sleeping; "he felt better after a
little sleep"; "there wasn't time for a nap" [syn: nap]
4: euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a
bed and in a tomb); "she was laid to rest beside her
husband"; "they had to put their family pet to sleep"
[syn: rest, eternal rest, eternal sleep, quietus]
v 1: be asleep [syn: kip, slumber, log Z's, catch some Z's]
2: be able to accommodate for sleeping; "This tent sleeps six