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sleep

  

      n  
1    a periodic state of physiological rest during which consciousness is suspended and metabolic rate is decreased  
   See also       paradoxical sleep  
2      (Botany)      the nontechnical name for       nyctitropism  
3    a period spent sleeping  
4    a state of quiescence or dormancy  
5       a poetic or euphemistic word for       death  
6    Informal   the dried mucoid particles often found in the corners of the eyes after sleeping  
      vb   , sleeps, sleeping, slept  
7    intr   to be in or as in the state of sleep  
8    intr   (of plants) to show nyctitropism  
9    intr   to be inactive or quiescent  
10    tr   to have sleeping accommodation for (a certain number)  
the boat could sleep six     
11    tr; foll by: away   to pass (time) sleeping  
12    intr   to fail to pay attention  
13    intr  
Poetic or euphemistic   to be dead  
14    sleep on it   to give (something) extended consideration, esp. overnight,   (See also)        sleep around       sleep in       sleep off       sleep out       sleep with  
     (Old English slæpan; related to Old Frisian slepa, Old Saxon slapan, Old High German slafan, German schlaff limp)  


beauty sleep  
      n  
Informal   sleep, esp. sleep before midnight  
paradoxical sleep  
      n     (Physiol)   sleep that appears to be deep but that is characterized by a brain wave pattern similar to that of wakefulness, rapid eye movements, and heavier breathing  
sleep apnoea  
      n   the temporary cessation of breathing during sleep, which in some cases is due to obstruction of the upper airway by enlarged tonsils, uvula, etc., causing the sufferer to snore loudly and fight for breath  
sleep around  
      vb   intr, adv  
Informal   to be sexually promiscuous  
sleep in  
      vb   intr, adv  
1      (Brit)   to sleep longer than usual  
2    to sleep at the place of one's employment  
sleep movement  
      n   the folding together of leaflets, petals, etc., that occurs at night in certain plants  
sleep off  
      vb   tr, adv  
Informal   to lose by sleeping  
to sleep off a hangover     
sleep out  
      vb   intr, adv  
1    (esp. of a tramp) to sleep in the open air  
2    to sleep away from the place of work  
      n  
  sleep-out  
3      (Austral. and N.Z.)   an area of a veranda that has been glassed in or partitioned off so that it may be used as a bedroom  
sleep with  
      vb   intr, prep   to have sexual intercourse and (usually) spend the night with,   (Also)    sleep together  
twilight sleep  
      n     (Med)   a state of partial anaesthesia in which the patient retains a slight degree of consciousness  
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sleep

  
1   
      vb   be in the land of Nod, catnap, doze, drop off     (informal)   drowse, go out like a light, hibernate, kip     (Brit. slang)   nod off     (informal)   rest in the arms of Morpheus, slumber, snooze     (informal)   snore, take a nap, take forty winks     (informal)   zizz     (Brit. informal)  
2   
      n   beauty sleep     (informal)   dormancy, doze, forty winks     (informal)   hibernation, kip     (Brit. slang)   nap, repose, rest, shuteye     (slang)   siesta, slumber(s), snooze     (informal)   zizz     (Brit. informal)  

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lose sleep over something exp.
worry about something; be concerned about smth. (to the point of not being able to fall asleep)

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exp.
sleep for a short period of time, have a light sleep
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