sleep sleep / ˈslēp verb 1. to rest by suspending voluntary bodily function and naturally suspending consciousness; to stop being awake He who cannot sleep can still dream. Ivorian Proverb 2. to be inactive or lie dormant There is a great volcano sleeping in every laziness! Mehmet Murat Ildan, ?- noun 1. the state in most living things marked by loss of consciousness and REM cycles, which is necessary to the restoring of vitality and bodily and mental function Sleep is the best cure for waking troubles. Miguel de Cervantes, 1547-1616 2. a period of such activity The loss of one night’s sleep is followed by ten days of inconvenience. Chinese Proverb 3. a state that is like natural suspension of consciousness, such as hibernation When a bear wakes up from hibernation, he doesn’t eat a few blueberries and then go back to sleep. Seth Moulton, 1978- 4. death We are such stuff as dreams are made on; and our little life is rounded with a sleep. William Shakespeare, 1564-1616 5. the crusty substance found in the corner of the eye after waking I blinked the sleep out of my eyes … from ‘The Red Pyramid’ by Rick Riordan, 1964- Etymology From the Anglo-Saxon slaep. Etymology provided by Allen Ward.