hibernate

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin hībernātus, from hībernāre, from hībernus (winter).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhaɪbəˌneɪt/
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hibernate (third-person singular simple present hibernates, present participle hibernating, simple past and past participle hibernated)

  1. (intransitive, biology) To spend the winter in a dormant or inactive state of minimal activity, low body temperature, slow breathing and heart rate, and low metabolic rate; to go through a winter sleep.
    Coordinate term: estivate
    Hedgehogs and bears are two of the many mammals that hibernate in winter.
  2. (intransitive) To live in seclusion.
  3. (intransitive, computing) To enter a standby state which conserves power without losing the contents of memory.
    • 2001, Microsoft Corp, Use Hibernate and Standby to Conserve Batteries
      Your computer hibernates after it has been idle for the specified amount of time.

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hībernāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of hībernō