dormant volcano

GLOSSARY OF VOLCANIC TERMS
A volcano that is not currently erupting, but is thought to be likely to erupt in the future.

Glossary of volcanic terms. - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. . 2001.

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  • dormant volcano — noun A volcano that has not erupted for a considerable length of time, but is still capable of erupting …   Wiktionary

  • Dormant — means lacking activity. It can refer to: Dormancy in an organism s life cycle Dormant volcano, a volcano that is inactive but may become active in the future Dormant (heraldry), in heraldry, signifying a sleeping animal with head resting upon… …   Wikipedia

  • dormant — dor|mant [ dɔrmənt ] adjective something that is dormant is not active or developing now, but it may become active or develop in the future: The plants remain dormant all winter. a dormant volcano lie dormant (=remain dormant): The virus can lie… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • volcano — noun plural volcanoes or volcanos (C) a mountain with a large hole at the top, through which hot rocks, lava, and ash sometimes rise into the air from inside the earth: Pompeii was destroyed when the volcano erupted in 79AD. | active volcano (=a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • dormant — UK [ˈdɔː(r)mənt] / US [ˈdɔrmənt] adjective something that is dormant is not active or developing now, but it may become active or develop in the future The plants remain dormant all winter. a dormant volcano lie dormant (= remain dormant): The… …   English dictionary

  • dormant — [[t]dɔ͟ː(r)mənt[/t]] ADJ Something that is dormant is not active, growing, or being used at the present time but is capable of becoming active later on. ...when the long dormant volcano of Mount St Helens erupted in 1980... The virus remains… …   English dictionary

  • volcano — vol|ca|no [vɔlˈkeınəu US va:lˈkeınou] n plural volcanoes or volcanos [Date: 1600 1700; : Italian; Origin: vulcano, from Latin Vulcanus Vulcan ] a mountain with a large hole at the top, through which ↑lava (=very hot liquid rock) is sometimes… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dormant — dor|mant [ˈdo:mənt US ˈdo:r ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: , present participle of dormir to sleep , from Latin dormire] not active or not growing at the present time but able to be active later ≠ ↑active lie/remain dormant ▪ The seeds …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dormant — adjective Etymology: Middle English, fixed, stationary, from Anglo French, from present participle of dormir to sleep, from Latin dormire; akin to Sanskrit drāti he sleeps Date: circa 1500 1. represented on a coat of arms in a lying position with …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dormant — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. torpid; quiescent. See latency, inactivity. Ant., active. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Sleeping] Syn. torpid, somnolent, quiescent, lethargic; see asleep . 2. [Inactive] Syn. inoperative, inert, in… …   English dictionary for students

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