(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"
From slǣp, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch slaap, German Schlaf.
- The state of reduced consciousness during which a human or animal rests in a daily rhythm.
- I really need some sleep.
- An act or instance of sleeping.
- I’m just going to have a quick sleep.
- 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.