1. [ adjective ] of e.g. volcanos; temporarily inactive
Synonyms: inactive

"a dormant volcano"

Related terms: extinct active quiescent dormancy
2. [ adjective ] (biology) in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
Synonyms: torpid hibernating

"dormant buds" "a hibernating bear" "torpid frogs"

Related terms: biology asleep
3. [ adjective ] (heraldry) lying with head on paws as if sleeping
Synonyms: sleeping
Related terms: heraldry unerect
4. [ adjective ] not active but capable of becoming active

"her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened"

Related terms: inactive
Similar spelling:   Dorman