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hibernation

Hibernation is a type of deep sleep some animals (like bears) go into during winter. Hibernation is like a long nap.

Have you ever wanted to skip from fall to spring? Some animals do just that by hibernating, which is a sleep-like state during which their metabolism slows and they conserve energy. Animals who hibernate do nothing: hibernation is a time of rest and inactivity, almost like a coma. People also use this word for other types of inactivity. For example, you could talk about the hibernation of an athlete who has taken a year off from competition.

Definitions of hibernation
  1. noun
    the torpid or resting state in which some animals pass the winter
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    type of:
    torpidity, torpor
    a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility
  2. noun
    cessation from or slowing of activity during the winter; especially slowing of metabolism in some animals
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    type of:
    dormancy, quiescence, quiescency
    a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction
  3. noun
    the act of retiring into inactivity
    “he emerged from his hibernation to make his first appearance in several years”
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    type of:
    retirement
    withdrawal from your position or occupation
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