Definition of somnambulism in English:

somnambulism

Line breaks: som|nam¦bu|lism
Pronunciation: /sɒmˈnambjʊlɪz(ə)m
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • Sleepwalking: she would have liked to wake up from her somnambulism to find herself back in bed
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    • In somnambulism and somniloquy, a child sits up in bed with eyes open but is ‘unseeing.’
    • They are similar to other arousal disorders that occur during deep sleep, such as somnambulism and confusional arousals.
    • Further information included the fact that the patient had no history of somnambulism (sleep walking).

Derivatives

somnambulant

adjective
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  • As I was trolling the Internet the other night, (an addictive past-time especially for somnambulant sleuths like me), I happened upon the ‘ultimate destination for women's fiction’.
  • Contemporary with early Surrealism, the people in Countries of the World remind Stezaker of the somnambulant anonymous types in paintings by de Chirico, Delvaux and Magritte.
  • The Sonatina is in nine short sections, alternately eerie, fantastical, bleary, somnambulant, focussing sharply or softly as the case may be upon the tone row they all derive from.

somnambulantly

adverb
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  • Songs like ‘Vesuvius’ and ‘Virginia’ amble along somnambulantly, and ‘Forthright’ conjures a Gothic insomnia as Chesnutt wanders a lonely house contemplating death and hominy.
  • After watching the Pope's funeral, I staggered somnambulantly towards the Commons in search of breakfast.
  • Obese, and buzzing somnambulantly around a light bulb, they're easy to swat.

somnambulist

noun
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  • Juries have reason to be skeptical, but there is plenty of scientific evidence to suggest that sleepwalkers, or somnambulists, can engage in complex behavior.
  • Was the somnambulist an ‘automaton’ or what some French psychologists called an automate conscient?
  • The intense bitterness eventually gave way to a melancholic paralysis in which all, save the children, became walking-wounded somnambulists lingering in dusty hallways awaiting blessed bedtime.

somnambulistic

Pronunciation: /-ˈlɪstɪk/
adjective
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  • The central character, a Woman who works in a convenience store (played with somnambulistic perfection by Maureen Gammelseter) is the the film's central focus.
  • While the British state, however reluctantly, was substantially increasing its involvement in Northern Ireland, the Irish government's approach was somnambulistic.
  • Fortunately the highlights of the trip outweigh the overly somnambulistic detours, proving that it's the journey, not the destination that matters most.

somnambulistically

Pronunciation: /-ˈlɪstɪk(ə)li/
adverb
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  • You have to feel the heavyweight, soft, supple, sensual cottons and somnambulistically draping fabrics.
  • Characters somnambulistically move in and out of frames, ghosts of feeling and thinking human beings.
  • In one painting, for example, a stout Leger-like woman, rigid and flat in form and stultified in motion, wanders somnambulistically away from a voluptuously puffed red love seat.

Origin

late 18th century: from French somnambulisme, from Latin somnus 'sleep' + ambulare 'to walk'.

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