The common imagery of sleep but this usage is mainly the jargon of the mortician. Thus a slumber cot or box is a coffin, a slumber robe is a shroud, and a slumber room is a morgue:
    Lavish slumber rooms where the deceased receives visitors for some days before the funeral. (J. Mitford, 1963)

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  • Slumber — Slum ber, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Slumbered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slumbering}.] [OE. slombren, slumberen, slumeren, AS. slumerian, fr. sluma slumber; akin to D. sluimeren to slumber, MHG. slummern, slumen, G. schlummern, Dan. slumre, Sw. slumra, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Slumber — Slum ber, n. Sleep; especially, light sleep; sleep that is not deep or sound; repose. [1913 Webster] He at last fell into a slumber, and thence into a fast sleep, which detained him in that place until it was almost night. Bunyan. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slumber — (v.) mid 14c., alteration of slumeren (early 13c.), frequentative form of slumen to doze, probably from O.E. sluma light sleep (Cf. M.Du. slumen, Du. sluimeren, Ger. schlummern to slumber ). Frequentative on the notion of intermittent light sleep …   Etymology dictionary

  • slumber — [slum′bər] vi. [ME slumeren < OE slumerian < sluma, slumber: for IE base see SLUG1] 1. to sleep 2. to be dormant, negligent, or inactive vt. to spend in sleeping n. 1. sleep 2. an …   English World dictionary

  • Slumber — Slum ber, v. t. 1. To lay to sleep. [R.] Wotton. [1913 Webster] 2. To stun; to stupefy. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slumber — index repose (rest) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • slumber — vb *sleep, drowse, doze, nap, catnap, snooze Analogous words: relax, rest, repose (see corresponding nouns at REST) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • slumber — [n] sleep coma, dormancy, doze, drowse, forty winks*, inactivity, languor, lethargy, nap, repose, rest, sack time*, shuteye*, snooze, stupor, torpor; concept 315 Ant. awakening, consciousness, wakefulness …   New thesaurus

  • slumber — literary ► VERB ▪ sleep. ► NOUN ▪ a sleep. DERIVATIVES slumberous (also slumbrous) adjective. ORIGIN alteration of Scots and northern English sloom, in the same sense …   English terms dictionary

  • slumber — I UK [ˈslʌmbə(r)] / US [ˈslʌmbər] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms slumber : singular slumber plural slumbers literary sleep II UK [ˈslʌmbə(r)] / US [ˈslʌmbər] verb [intransitive] Word forms slumber : present tense I/you/we/they slumber… …   English dictionary

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