Definition for SLEEP-ER


  1. A person that sleeps; also, a drone or lazy person. – Grew.
  2. That which lies dormant, as a law not executed. [Not in use.] – Bacon.
  3. An animal that lies dormant in winter, as the bear, the marmot, &c. – Encyc.
  4. In bleeding, the oblique rafter that lies in a gutter. – Encyc.
  5. In New England, a floor timber.
  6. In shipbuilding, a thick piece of timber placed longitudinally in a ship's hold, opposite the several scarfs of the timbers, for strengthening the bows and stern-frame, particularly in the Greenland ships; or a piece of long compass-timber fayed and bolted diagonally upon the transoms. – Mar. Dict. Encyc.
  7. In the glass trade, a large iron bar crossing the smaller ones, hindering the passage of coals, but leaving room for the ashes. – Encyc.
  8. A platform.
  9. A fish, Exocœtus. – Ainsworth.

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