Hypertext Webster Gateway: "asleep"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Asleep \A*sleep"\, a. & adv. [Pref. a- + sleep.]
1. In a state of sleep; in sleep; dormant.

Fast asleep the giant lay supine. --Dryden.

By whispering winds soon lulled asleep. --Milton.

2. In the sleep of the grave; dead.

Concerning them which are asleep . . . sorrow not,
even as others which have no hope. --1 Thess. iv.

3. Numbed, and, usually, tingling. --Udall.

Leaning long upon any part maketh it numb, and, as
we call it, asleep. --Bacon.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: in a state of sleep; "were all asleep when the phone rang";
"fell asleep at the wheel" [syn: {asleep(p)}] [ant: {awake(p)}]
2: lacking sensation; "my foot is asleep"; "numb with cold"
[syn: {asleep(p)}, {benumbed}, {numb}]
3: (euphemistic) "he is deceased"; "our dear departed friend"
[syn: {asleep(p)}, {at peace(p)}, {at rest(p)}, {deceased},
{departed}, {gone}]
adv 1: into a sleeping state; "he fell asleep"
2: in the sleep of death

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