(Dor"mant) n. [See Dormant, a.] (Arch.) A large beam in the roof of a house upon which
portions of the other timbers rest or " sleep." Arch. Pub. Soc. Called also dormant tree, dorman
tree, dormond, and dormer. Halliwell.
(Dor"mer or Dor"mer win"dow) n. [Literally, the window of a sleeping apartment. F. dormir to
sleep. See Dormant, a. & n.] (Arch.) A window pierced in a roof, and so set as to be vertical while
the roof slopes away from it. Also, the gablet, or houselike structure, in which it is contained.
(Dor"mi*tive) a. [Cf. F. dormitif, fr. dormire to sleep.] Causing sleep; as, the dormitive
properties of opium. Clarke. n. (Med.) A medicine to promote sleep; a soporific; an opiate.
(Dor"mi*to*ry) n.; pl. Dormitories [L. dormitorium, fr. dormitorius of or for sleeping, fr.
dormire to sleep. See Dormant.]
1. A sleeping room, or a building containing a series of sleeping rooms; a sleeping apartment capable of
containing many beds; esp., one connected with a college or boarding school. Thackeray.
2. A burial place. [Obs.] Ayliffe.
My sister was interred in a very honorable manner in our dormitory, joining to the parish church.Evelyn.
(Dor"mouse) n.; pl. Dormice [Perh. fr. F. dormir to sleep (Prov. E. dorm to doze) + E.
mouse; or perh. changed fr. F. dormeuse, fem., a sleeper, though not found in the sense of a dormouse.]
(Zoöl.) A small European rodent of the genus Myoxus, of several species. They live in trees and feed on
nuts, acorns, etc.; so called because they are usually torpid in winter.
(Dorn) n. [Cf. G. dorn thorn, D. doorn, and G. dornfisch stickleback.] (Zoöl.) A British ray; the
(Dor"nick or Dor"nock) , n. A coarse sort of damask, originally made at Tournay Belgium, and
used for hangings, carpets, etc. Also, a stout figured linen manufactured in Scotland. [Formerly written
also darnex, dornic, dorneck, etc.] Halliwell. Jamieson.
Ure says that dornock, a kind of stout figured linen, derives its name from a town in Scotland where it
was first manufactured for tablecloths.