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