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 for sleep
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sleep \Sleep\, n. [AS. sl[=ae]p; akin to OFries. sl[=e]p, OS.
     sl[=a]p, D. slaap, OHG. sl[=a]f, G. schlaf, Goth. sl[=e]ps.
     See Sleep, v. i.]
     A natural and healthy, but temporary and periodical,
     suspension of the functions of the organs of sense, as well
     as of those of the voluntary and rational soul; that state of
     the animal in which there is a lessened acuteness of sensory
     perception, a confusion of ideas, and a loss of mental
     control, followed by a more or less unconscious state. "A man
     that waketh of his sleep." --Chaucer.
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           O sleep, thou ape of death.              --Shak.
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     Note: Sleep is attended by a relaxation of the muscles, and
           the absence of voluntary activity for any rational
           objects or purpose. The pulse is slower, the
           respiratory movements fewer in number but more
           profound, and there is less blood in the cerebral
           vessels. It is susceptible of greater or less intensity
           or completeness in its control of the powers.
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     Sleep of plants (Bot.), a state of plants, usually at
        night, when their leaflets approach each other, and the
        flowers close and droop, or are covered by the folded
        leaves.
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     Syn: Slumber; repose; rest; nap; doze; drowse.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sleep \Sleep\, v. t.
     1. To be slumbering in; -- followed by a cognate object; as,
        to sleep a dreamless sleep. --Tennyson.
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     2. To give sleep to; to furnish with accomodations for
        sleeping; to lodge. [R.] --Blackw. Mag.
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     To sleep away, to spend in sleep; as, to sleep away
        precious time.
  
     To sleep off, to become free from by sleep; as, to sleep
        off drunkeness or fatigue.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sleep \Sleep\, obs.
     imp. of Sleep. Slept. --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Sleep \Sleep\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Slept; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Sleeping.] [OE. slepen, AS. sl?pan; akin to OFries. sl?pa,
     OS. sl[=a]pan, D. slapen, OHG. sl[=a]fan, G. schlafen, Goth.
     sl?pan, and G. schlaff slack, loose, and L. labi to glide,
     slide, labare to totter. Cf. Lapse.]
     1. To take rest by a suspension of the voluntary exercise of
        the powers of the body and mind, and an apathy of the
        organs of sense; to slumber. --Chaucer.
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              Watching at the head of these that sleep. --Milton.
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     2. Figuratively:
        (a) To be careless, inattentive, or uncouncerned; not to
            be vigilant; to live thoughtlessly.
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                  We sleep over our happiness.      --Atterbury.
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        (b) To be dead; to lie in the grave.
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                  Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring
                  with him.                         --1 Thess. iv.
                                                    14.
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        (c) To be, or appear to be, in repose; to be quiet; to be
            unemployed, unused, or unagitated; to rest; to lie
            dormant; as, a question sleeps for the present; the
            law sleeps.
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                  How sweet the moonlight sleep upon this bank!
                                                    --Shak.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  sleep
      n 1: 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" [syn: sleep, slumber]
      2: a torpid state resembling deep sleep [syn: sleep, sopor]
      3: a period of time spent sleeping; "he felt better after a
         little sleep"; "there wasn't time for a nap" [syn: sleep,
         nap]
      4: 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" [syn:
         rest, eternal rest, sleep, eternal sleep, quietus]
      v 1: be asleep [syn: sleep, kip, slumber, log Z's,
           catch some Z's] [ant: wake]
      2: be able to accommodate for sleeping; "This tent sleeps six
         people"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  178 Moby Thesaurus words for "sleep":
     KO, annihilation, ataraxia, ataraxy, bane, be caught napping,
     be neglectful, be negligent, beauty sleep, beddy-bye, bedtime,
     biological death, blackout, blanket drill, bye-bye, calmness,
     catalepsy, catatonia, catatony, catnap, cessation of life,
     clinical death, coma, comfort, composure, contemplation,
     crossing the bar, curtains, death, death knell, debt of nature,
     decease, default, demise, departure, disregard, dissolution, doom,
     doss, doze, dreamland, drop off, drowse, dying, ease, ebb of life,
     end, end of life, ending, eternal rest, exit, expiration,
     extinction, extinguishment, fail, faint, final summons,
     finger of death, fitful sleep, forty winks, fust, gloss over,
     going, going off, grave, grayout, hand of death, hang fire,
     hibernation, idle, ignore, imperturbability, inactivity,
     jaws of death, kayo, knell, knockout, land of Nod, lapse,
     last debt, last muster, last rest, last roundup, last sleep,
     leaving life, let go, let ride, let slide, let slip, light sleep,
     lipothymia, lipothymy, lose sight of, lose track of, loss of life,
     lucid stillness, making an end, marmoreal repose, nap, neglect,
     nirvana, nirvana principle, nod, nod off, not care for,
     not get involved, not heed, not think, nothingness, oblivion,
     obliviousness, overlook, oversleep, parting, pass over, passing,
     passing away, passing over, peace, peacefulness, perishing,
     placidity, placidness, pound, quiescence, quiescency, quiet,
     quietism, quietness, quietude, quietus, relax, relaxation, release,
     repose, rest, restfulness, reward, satori, saw logs, saw wood,
     semiconsciousness, senselessness, sentence of death, serenity,
     shades of death, shadow of death, shut-eye, siesta, silence,
     silken repose, sleep soundly, sleepland, sleepwalking, slumber,
     slumberland, smolder, snooze, snoozle, snore, somatic death,
     somnambulism, somniloquy, somnus, stagnate, stillness, stupor,
     summons of death, swoon, syncope, take a nap, take for granted,
     tranquillity, unbuttoned ease, unconsciousness, vegetate,
     winter sleep, wise passiveness
  
  

From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  sleep
   vi.
  
      1. [techspeak] To relinquish a claim (of a process on a multitasking
      system) for service; to indicate to the scheduler that a process may be
      deactivated until some given event occurs or a specified time delay
      elapses.
  
      2. In jargon, used very similarly to v. block; also in sleep on, syn.:
      with block on. Often used to indicate that the speaker has relinquished a
      demand for resources until some (possibly unspecified) external event: ?
      They can't get the fix I've been asking for into the next release, so I'm
      going to sleep on it until the release, then start hassling them again.?
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  sleep
  
     1.  (Or "{block") When a process on a
     multitasking system asks the scheduler to deactivate it until
     some given external event (e.g. an interrupt or a specified
     time delay) occurs.
  
     poll+or+"{busy+wait">The alternative is to poll or "{busy wait" for the event
     but this uses processing power.
  
     Also used in the phrase "sleep on" (or "block on") some
     external event, meaning to wait for it.
  
     E.g. the Unix command of the same name which pauses the
     current process for a given number of seconds.
  
     2.  To go into partial deactivation to save power.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2000-09-25)
  

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