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  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sleep  \Sleep\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  be  slumbering  in  --  followed  by  a  cognate  object;  as 
  to  sleep  a  dreamless  sleep.  --Tennyson. 
 
  2.  To  give  sleep  to  to  furnish  with  accomodations  for 
  sleeping;  to  lodge.  [R.]  --Blackw.  Mag. 
 
  {To  sleep  away},  to  spend  in  sleep;  as  to  sleep  away 
  precious  time. 
 
  {To  sleep  off},  to  become  free  from  by  sleep;  as  to  sleep 
  off  drunkeness  or  fatigue. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sleep  \Sleep\,  obs. 
  imp.  of  Sleep.  Slept.  --Chaucer. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sleep  \Sleep\,  n.  [AS.  sl[=ae]p;  akin  to  OFries  sl[=e]p,  OS 
  sl[=a]p,  D.  slaap,  OHG.  sl[=a]f,  G.  schlaf  Goth.  sl[=e]ps. 
  See  {Sleep},  v.  i.] 
  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.  ``A 
  man  that  waketh  of  his  sleep.''  --Chaucer. 
 
  O  sleep,  thou  ape  of  death.  --Shak. 
 
  Note:  Sleep  is  attended  by  a  relaxation  of  the  muscles,  and 
  the  absence  of  voluntary  activity  for  any  rational 
  objects  or  purpose.  The  pulse  is  slower,  the 
  respiratory  movements  fewer  in  number  but  more 
  profound,  and  there  is  less  blood  in  the  cerebral 
  vessels.  It  is  susceptible  of  greater  or  less  intensity 
  or  completeness  in  its  control  of  the  powers. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Sleep  \Sleep\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Slept};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Sleeping}.]  [OE.  slepen,  AS  sl?pan;  akin  to  OFries  sl?pa, 
  OS  sl[=a]pan,  D.  slapen,  OHG.  sl[=a]fan,  G.  schlafen  Goth. 
  sl?pan,  and  G.  schlaff  slack,  loose,  and  L.  labi  to  glide, 
  slide,  labare  to  totter.  Cf  {Lapse}.] 
  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.  --Chaucer. 
 
  Watching  at  the  head  of  these  that  sleep.  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Figuratively: 
  a  To  be  careless,  inattentive,  or  uncouncerned;  not  to 
  be  vigilant;  to  live  thoughtlessly. 
 
  We  sleep  over  our  happiness.  --Atterbury. 
  b  To  be  dead;  to  lie  in  the  grave. 
 
  Them  also  which  sleep  in  Jesus  will  God  bring 
  with  him  --1  Thess.  iv 
  14. 
  c  To  be  or  appear  to  be  in  repose;  to  be  quiet;  to  be 
  unemployed,  unused,  or  unagitated;  to  rest;  to  lie 
  dormant;  as  a  question  sleeps  for  the  present;  the 
  law  sleeps. 
 
  How  sweet  the  moonlight  sleep  upon  this  bank! 
  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  sleep 
  n  1:  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"  [syn:  {slumber}] 
  2:  a  torpid  state  resembling  sleep 
  3:  a  period  of  time  spent  sleeping;  "he  felt  better  after  a 
  little  sleep";  "a  brief  nap"  [syn:  {nap}] 
  4:  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" 
  [syn:  {rest},  {eternal  rest},  {eternal  sleep},  {quietus}] 
  v  1:  be  asleep  [syn:  {kip},  {slumber},  {log  Z's},  {catch  some  Z's}] 
  [ant:  {wake}] 
  2:  be  able  to  accommodate  for  sleeping;  "This  tent  sleeps  six 
  people" 
 
  From  Jargon  File  (4.2.3,  23  NOV  2000)  [jargon]: 
 
  sleep  vi  1.  [techspeak]  To  relinquish  a  claim  (of  a  process 
  on  a  multitasking  system)  for  service;  to  indicate  to  the  scheduler  that 
  a  process  may  be  deactivated  until  some  given  event  occurs  or  a  specified 
  time  delay  elapses.  2.  In  jargon,  used  very  similarly  to  v.  {block}; 
  also  in  `sleep  on',  syn.  with  `block  on'.  Often  used  to  indicate  that 
  the  speaker  has  relinquished  a  demand  for  resources  until  some  (possibly 
  unspecified)  external  event:  "They  can't  get  the  fix  I've  been  asking 
  for  into  the  next  release,  so  I'm  going  to  sleep  on  it  until  the  release, 
  then  start  hassling  them  again." 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  sleep 
 
  1.  system,  multitasking>  (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.    To  go  into  partial  deactivation  to  save  power. 
 
  [{Jargon  File}] 
 
  (2000-09-25) 
 
 




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