What is the meaning of sleep?


  • A natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended.
    • usage: "he didn't get enough sleep last night"; "calm as a child in dreamless slumber"
  • A torpid state resembling deep sleep.
  • A period of time spent sleeping.
    • usage: "he felt better after a little sleep"; "there wasn't time for a nap"
  • Euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb. )
    • usage: "she was laid to rest beside her husband"; "they had to put their family pet to sleep"


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APAWordNet. (2010). sleep. Retrieved February 17, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/sleep/definitions/1245164
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MLAWordNet. "sleep" 23 October 2010. Web. 17 February 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/sleep/definitions/1245164>
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