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Hibernation is a state of regulated hypothermia undergone by some animals to conserve energy during the winter.

Hibernate may also refer to:

  • Hibernate (OS feature), the ability of some operating systems to suspend themselves completely to persistent storage
  • Hibernate (Java), a Java-based object-relational mapping/persistence framework
  • Hibernate search, a Java-based object-index mapping/persistence framework


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Etymology

From Latin hibernus meaning "winter".

Pronunciation

  • SAMPA: /"haIb@%neIt/
  • IPA: /ˈhaɪbəˌneɪt/

Verb

Infinitive
to hibernate

Third person singular
hibernates

Simple past
hibernated

Past participle
hibernated

Present participle
hibernating

to hibernate (third-person singular simple present hibernates, present participle hibernating, simple past and past participle hibernated)

  1. (intransitive) To spend winter time in a deep slumber thus surviving on stored nourishment within the body.
  2. (intransitive) (computing) To enter a standby state which conserves power without losing the contents of memory.
    Your computer hibernates after it has been idle for the specified amount of time. — Microsoft Corp, Use Hibernate and Standby to Conserve Batteries (2001)

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