AskDefine | Define hibernate

Dictionary Definition



1 sleep during winter; "Bears must eat a lot of food before they hibernate in their caves" [syn: hole up] [ant: estivate, estivate]
2 be in an inactive or dormant state

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin hibernus meaning "winter".


  • SAMPA: /"haIb@%neIt/
  • /ˈhaɪbəˌneɪt/


  1. To spend winter time in a deep slumber thus surviving on stored nourishment within the body.


See also

Extensive Definition

Hibernation is a state of regulated hypothermia undergone by some animals to conserve energy during the winter.
Hibernate may also refer to:
  • Hibernate (OS feature), the ability of some operating systems to suspend themselves completely to persistent storage
  • Hibernate (Java), a Java-based object-relational mapping/persistence framework
  • Hibernate search, a Java-based object-index mapping/persistence framework
  • Hibernate shards, a Java-based horizontal data partitioning framework
  • Hibernate, an electronica musician
hibernate in German: Hibernation
hibernate in Russian: Hibernate

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aestivate, be a sideliner, be latent, be still, coast, delay, do nothing, drift, escape notice, hang fire, have nothing on, idle, lay by, lay off, lay to, lie beneath, lie by, lie dormant, lie fallow, lie hid, lie idle, lie low, lie off, lie to, lie up, lurk, make no sign, not budge, not stir, rest, ride at anchor, sit back, sit it out, smolder, stagnate, underlie, vegetate, wait and see, watch and wait
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