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1. Not awake; asleep: "[He] lay dormant on the scruffy couch, his mouth open, reading glasses slumped on his swollen nostrils" (Steven Heighton).
2. Present but not active or manifest though capable of becoming so: "a harrowing experience which ... lay dormant but still menacing" (Charles Jackson).
3. Temporarily inactive: a dormant volcano.
4. Being in a condition of biological rest or inactivity characterized by cessation of growth or development and the suspension of many metabolic processes: a dormant bud; a dormant bacterium.

dor′man·cy n.


Temporary inactivity; e.g., a state of transiently reduced metabolic activity.
dormant, adjective
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Port Moresby [Papua New Guinea], Jan 7 ( ANI ): A dormant volcano erupted for the very first time in a dramatic fashion, spewing lava and sending an ash cloud at around two kilometres above the sea level.
Ms Crouch said: "By unlocking millions of pounds from dormant accounts for a range of good causes we can make a real difference to lives and communities across the country.
Up to GBP2bn lying unclaimed in dormant assets such as stocks and shares could be used to boost charity and voluntary sector funding, the Department for Culture, Media & Sport said on Friday.
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Swiss banks are searching for heirs to accounts that have been lying dormant.
The BSP said banks must give three notices to dormant accounts: potential dormancy prior to the commencement of the dormancy period; charging of dormancy fee; and escheat of account pursuant to the Unclaimed Balances Act.
before her, who completed her tenure in March 26, 2012 leaving the commission dormant for nine months.
The contract involves work with the supply and installation of replacement PVC window with those existing dormant conservation of the community building of towns to the island of Noirmoutier located rue de la Pree in Duc - 85330 Noirmoutier- in Island.
The mistake came to light after customers applied to a programme run by trade body, the British Bankers' Association (BBA), called the Lost Account Scheme, to connect bank account holders with dormant cash.
Upon appeal to the state Circuit Court for Howard County, that court reversed the Maryland Tax Court's decision and held that Maryland's disallowance of a tax credit violated the dormant Commerce Clause (Wynne v.
In an attempt to provide some relief to customers, the Reserve Bank of India has asked banks not to charge any penalty for non-maintenance of minimum balance in dormant accounts.