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Asle'ep. adv. [from a and sleep.]

  1. Sleeping; at rest.

    How many thousands of my poorest subjects
    Are at this hour asleep! O gentle sleep,
    Nature's soft nurse, how have I frighted thee!
    Sh. H. IV.

    The diligence of trade, and noiseful gain,
    And luxury more late asleep were laid:
    All was the night's, and, in her silent reign,
    No sound the rest of nature did invade.
    Dryden's Ann. M.

    There is no difference between a person asleep, and in an apoplexy, but that the one can be awaked, and the other cannot. Arbuthnot on Diet.

  2. To sleep.

    If a man watch too long, it is odds but he will fall asleep. Bacon's Essays.

    Thus done the tales, to bed they creep,
    By whispering winds soon lull'd asleep.
    Milton's l'Allegro.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 (72) · Milton, John (449)

Attributes: Adverb (147)

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