n 1 : the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored 2 : a state resembling sleep: as a : DEATH 1 <put a pet cat to > b : a state marked by a diminution of feeling followed by tingling <her foot went to >
vi, slept , sleep*ing : to rest in a state of sleep .
Similar sounding terms: sa·lep sleepy
Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. © 1997-2020.