(1)   Euphemisms for death (based on an analogy between lying in a bed and in a tomb)
"She was laid to rest beside her husband"
"They had to put their family pet to sleep"
(2)   A natural and periodic state of rest during which consciousness of the world is suspended
"He didn't get enough sleep last night"
"Calm as a child in dreamless slumber"
(3)   A torpid state resembling deep sleep
(4)   A period of time spent sleeping
"He felt better after a little sleep"
"There wasn't time for a nap"


(5)   Be asleep
(6)   Be able to accommodate for sleeping
"This tent sleeps six people"

Etymology 1

From slǣp, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch slaap, German Schlaf.


  1. The state of reduced consciousness during which a human or animal rests in a daily rhythm.
    I really need some sleep.
  2. An act or instance of sleeping.
    I’m just going to have a quick sleep.
  3. A substance found in the corner of the eyes after waking, whether real or a figurative objectification of sleep (in the sense of reduced consciousness).
    Wipe the sleep from your eyes.