- present participle of sleep
1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 20, in The China Governess:
- ‘No. I only opened the door a foot and put my head in. The street lamps shine into that room. I could see him. He was all right. Sleeping like a great grampus. Poor, poor chap.’
sleeping (not comparable)
2013 July 19, Ian Sample, “Irregular bedtimes may affect children's brains”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 34:
- Irregular bedtimes may disrupt healthy brain development in young children, according to a study of intelligence and sleeping habits. ¶ Going to bed at a different time each night affected girls more than boys, but both fared worse on mental tasks than children who had a set bedtime, researchers found.
- Used for sleep; used to produce sleep.
used for sleep; used to produce sleep
sleeping (countable and uncountable, plural sleepings)
- The state of being asleep, or an instance of this.
- c. 1380, William Langland, The Vision of Piers Plowman, I:
- And as I lay and lened and loked in the wateres / I slombred in a slepyng, it swyved so merye.
- 1995, Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories (page 144)
- […] there are no words to describe the way she negotiated the abyss between her dreams, those wakings strange as her sleepings.
state or act of being asleep