The state of being dormant; quiescence; abeyance. "It is by lying dormant a long time, or being... very rarely exercised, that arbitrary power steals upon a people."
(Her.) In a sleeping posture; as, a lion dormant; distinguished from couchant.
Dormant partner (Com.), a partner who takes no share in the active business of a company or partnership, but is entitled to a share of the profits, and subject to a share in losses; called also sleeping partner or silent partner.
Dormant window (Arch.), a dormer window. See Dormer.