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slumber

SLUM'BER, v.i.

1. To sleep lightly; to doze. He that keepth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. Ps. 121.

2. To sleep. Slumber is used as synonymous with sleep, particularly in the poetic and eloquent style.

3. To be in a state of negligence, sloth, supineness or inactivity. Why slumbers Pope?



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SLUM'BER, v.i.

1. To sleep lightly; to doze. He that keepth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. Ps. 121.

2. To sleep. Slumber is used as synonymous with sleep, particularly in the poetic and eloquent style.

3. To be in a state of negligence, sloth, supineness or inactivity. Why slumbers Pope?

SLUM'BER, n.

  1. Light sleep; sleep not deep or sound. From carelessness it shall settle into slumber, and from slumber it shall settle into a deep and long sleep. – South.
  2. Sleep; repose. Rest to my soul, and slumber to my eyes. – Dryden.

SLUM'BER, v.i. [Sax. slumerian; D. sluimeren; G. schlummern; Dan. slummer, slumrer; Sw. slumra.]

  1. To sleep lightly; to doze. He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. – Ps cxxi.
  2. To sleep. Slumber is used as synonymous with sleep, particularly in the poetic and eloquent style. – Milton.
  3. To be in a state of negligence, sloth, supineness or inactivity. Why slumbers Pope? – Young.

SLUM'BER, v.t.

  1. To lay to sleep.
  2. To stun; to stupefy. [Little used and hardly legitimate.] – Spenser. Wotton.

Slum"ber
  1. To sleep; especially, to sleep lightly; to doze.

    Piers Plowman.

    He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. Ps. cxxi. 4.

  2. To lay to sleep.

    [R.] Wotton.
  3. Sleep; especially, light sleep; sleep that is not deep or sound; repose.

    He at last fell into a slumber, and thence into a fast sleep, which detained him in that place until it was almost night. Bunyan.

    Fast asleep? It is no matter;
    Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber.
    Shak.

    Rest to my soul, and slumber to my eyes. Dryden.

  4. To be in a state of negligence, sloth, supineness, or inactivity.

    "Why slumbers Pope?" Young.
  5. To stun; to stupefy.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
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Slumber

SLUM'BER, verb intransitive

1. To sleep lightly; to doze. He that keepth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. Psalms 121:4.

2. To sleep. slumber is used as synonymous with sleep, particularly in the poetic and eloquent style.

3. To be in a state of negligence, sloth, supineness or inactivity. Why slumbers Pope?

SLUM'BER, verb transitive

1. To lay to sleep.

2. To stun; to stupefy. [Little used and hardly legitimate.]

SLUM'BER, noun

1. Light sleep; sleep not deep or sound. From carelessness it shall settle into slumber and from slumber it shall settle into a deep and long sleep.

2. Sleep; repose.

Rest to my soul, and slumber to my eyes.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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