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hi·ber·na·tion

hibernation

 
pronunciation:
haI br neI shn
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Word Combinations (noun)
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sleep-like state of diminished metabolic activity entered into during winter by bears and other animals so as to conserve energy.
definition 2: any state of inactivity and seclusion.
After her play flopped, the director retreated to her vacation home and went into hibernation for several months.
definition 3: in computing, a mode of partial deactivation for an idle computer that saves power and allows a quick restart by storing the contents of RAM in a stable location before turning the machine off.
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