|v. i.||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.|
|2.||To be careless, inattentive, or uncouncerned; not to be vigilant; to live thoughtlessly.|
|3.||To be dead; to lie in the grave.|
|4.||To be, or appear to be, in repose; to be quiet; to be unemployed, unused, or unagitated; to rest; to lie dormant; |
|v. t.||1.||To be slumbering in; - followed by a cognate object; |
|2.||To give sleep to; to furnish with accomodations for sleeping; to lodge.|
|n.||1.||A natural and healthy, but temporary and periodical, suspension of the functions of the organs of sense, as well as of those of the voluntary and rational soul; that state of the animal in which there is a lessened acuteness of sensory perception, a confusion of ideas, and a loss of mental control, followed by a more or less unconscious state.|
|Noun||1.||sleep - 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"|
|2.||sleep - a torpid state resembling sleep|
|3.||sleep - a period of time spent sleeping; "he felt better after a little sleep"; "there wasn't time for a nap"|
|4.||sleep - 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"|
|Verb||1.||sleep - be asleep|
wake - be awake, be alert, be there
|2.||sleep - be able to accommodate for sleeping; "This tent sleeps six people"|
|1.||(operating system, multitasking)||sleep - (Or "block") When a
process on a multitasking system asks the scheduler to
deactivate it until some given external event (e.g. an
interrupt or a specified time delay) occurs.|
The alternative is to poll or "busy wait" for the event but this uses processing power.
Also used in the phrase "sleep on" (or "block on") some external event, meaning to wait for it.
E.g. the Unix command of the same name which pauses the current process for a given number of seconds.
|2.||(hardware)||sleep - To go into partial deactivation to save power.|