Definitions of hibernation

  1. the act of retiring into inactivity; "he emerged from his hibernation to make his first appearance in several years" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. cessation from or slowing of activity during the winter; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act or state of hibernating. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The state of torpor in which many animals pass the winter. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. The act of hibernating. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. The act of spending winter in seclusion or sleep. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for hibernation

  1. I should be miserable in New York, he replied to their earnest entreaties; and it would not add to your happiness to see me going about with a sober, discontented face, or to be reminded every little while that if you had left me to my winter's hibernation I would have been a contented instead of a dissatisfied old man. – After the Storm by T. S. Arthur
  2. We can therefore scarcely argue with certainty from the death of all these individuals within two years, as to the duration of life which might have been maintained had they retired spontaneously, and fallen into the torpor of their natural hibernation in good bodily condition. – The Romance of Natural History, Second Series by Philip Henry Gosse