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We hiked on a dormant volcano.
  not active or growing, but capable of doing so in the future — such as:
  • a volcano that is not erupting and not extinct
  • a plant not growing in the winter
  • a persons talents or feelings that are yet to be realized
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  • We hiked on a dormant volcano.
  • dormant buds
  • her feelings of affection are dormant but easily awakened
  • It’s extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts.
    Joseph Conrad

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  • The words were meant to be taken lightly, but something in the tone of them roused a jealous fear which was always dormant in Mrs. Seal’s breast.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day
  • She pursued him with attentions, and when his passion was dormant sought to excite it, for then at least she had the illusion of holding him.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • But this side of her nature had lain dormant through the years, waiting for the mate to appear.
    London, Jack  --  The Game
  • The hunger, always there, had been somewhat controlled and dormant when there was nothing to eat but with the eggs came the scream to eat.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • ...how to come back to life after my long undersnow dormancy.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Speak
  • The double blow to his head had somehow sapped him of everything, as if all his muscles had gone dormant because his brain didn’t have enough energy to tell them what to do.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials

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  • Maxon pulled me into a large parlor and steered me to the wall next to a wide, dormant fireplace.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One
  • The spring rains woke the dormant tillers, and bright green shoots sprang from the moist earth and rose like sleepers stretching after a long nap.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • I felt like it was keeping a part of my brain alive that would otherwise lie completely dormant—even in prison you had to work at being a nonconformist.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The landscape opened into actual countryside—fallow fields, dormant vineyards, orchards of bare fruit trees.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • They lie dormant and waiting, these mud frogs, for without water their lives are incomplete, they are not fully themselves.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • But early in rainy season he learned his first lesson: The ditch was really a dormant riverbed, and when he returned from surfing he found that his "home" and all of his belongings had been washed away! a perfect match…. a world away
    Bethany Hamilton  --  Soul Surfer
  • Some inner logic persuaded us both that such moments of supreme intuition followed from perfectly natural "keys"—circumstances which had been buried in memory or had lain dormant in the subconscious.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Hopefully they’ll go dormant for a while.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Some dormant instinct tells me to smile, run my hand through my hair.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • For the first time ever, the kitchen and Mama were dormant.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • Mattie said all the things that looked dead were just dormant.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • When Franz met McCandless, his long-dormant paternal impulses were kindled anew.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • "It also may serve as a trigger to activate dormant memories," said Magnus.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • This roused me from my nearly dormant state, and I ate some berries which I found hanging on the trees or lying on the ground.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • This dormancy cannot restrain death forever …. I can feel it in my veins even now.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • With that realisation my dormant sense of wonder, my sense of the proportion of things, awoke again.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • Mosquitoes that had lain dormant through the long drought now hatched and rose from the forest floor in clouds so thick they filled our mouths and nostrils.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • She’s more dormant while I’m working.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • And besides, since she’d created the binding rune in Idris, her power had lain seemingly dormant.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • It was this part of the aftermath that I thought of when I thought of Mr. Harvey—how he wandered the muddy excavations and got lost among the dormant bulldozers, their monstrous bulk frightening in the dark.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • His love still dormant might sleep the sleep of death.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • A dormant company?
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • I wanted to believe Horus was giving me courage, or that maybe the past few days had finally woken up some dormant bravery gene I’d inherited from my parents.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • These are the most potent of spells, for they can lie dormant for a thousand years or more and are difficult to perceive or avert.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • It’s strange indeed how memories can lie dormant in a man’s mind for so many years.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • He knew that if Hekate Awakened the twins dormant magical powers, then he could use what he had learned over six hundred years of study to increase their skills.
    Micheal Scott  --  The Alchemyst
  • They had a tool or a weapon that is also nearly gone, or perhaps it is only dormant for a while.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • Ethan had an idea that if she were to marry a man she was fond of the dormant instinct would wake, and her pies and biscuits become the pride of the county; but domesticity in the abstract did not interest her.
    Edith Wharton  --  Ethan Frome
  • And in the moment when the sound of "Om" touched Siddhartha’s ear, his dormant spirit suddenly woke up and realized the foolishness of his actions.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • Like the marmots in the surrounding hills, it closes its eyelids and becomes dormant for three months or more.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He was telling me this morning that, tired of letting his property lie dormant in Italy, which is a dead nation, he wished to find a method, either in France or England, of multiplying his millions, but remember, that though I place great confidence in Busoni, I am not responsible for this.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Its green and white stripes indicate the constant multiple, condition of parallel active and dormant chlorophyll regions.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • You have lashed the dormant tigress in my nature into fury.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But the earth still stirs with dormant blooms.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • His instincts of an agitator remained dormant as long as Don Apolinar Moscote was a figurehead.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • In a corner, hoses lay coiled like a family of dormant snakes.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • THE CABLES, THE codes, the teleprinters had all been waiting dormant for two years.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • And when Jarvis Lorry saw the kindled eyes, the resolute face, the calm strong look and bearing of the man whose life always seemed to him to have been stopped, like a clock, for so many years, and then set going again with an energy which had lain dormant during the cessation of its usefulness, he believed.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Perhaps because he was determined to make up for having walked out on them, perhaps because Harry’s descent into listlessness galvanized his dormant leadership qualities, Ron was the one now encouraging and exhorting the other two into action.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • My ulcer, long dormant, rumbled in my stomach, as if answering this call.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
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