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DORMANT, adjective [Latin , to sleep.]

1. Sleeping; hence, at rest; not in action; as dormant passions.

2. Being in a sleeping posture; as the lion dormant in heraldry.

3. Neglected; not used; as a dormant title; dormant privileges.

4. Concealed; not divulged; private. [Unusual.]

5. Leaning; inclining; not perpendicular; as a dormant window, supposed to be so called form a beam of that name. This is now written dormer or dormar.

DORMANT, noun A beam; a sleeper.