sleeper


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sleeper

1. a railway sleeping car or compartment
2. Brit one of the blocks supporting the rails on a railway track
3. a wrestling hold in which a wrestler presses the sides of his opponent's neck, causing him to pass out
4. any gobioid fish of the family Eleotridae, of brackish or fresh tropical waters, resembling the gobies but lacking a ventral sucker
5. a spy planted in advance for future use, but not currently active

Sleeper

A horizontal timber laid on a slab or on the ground and to which the subflooring is nailed; any long horizontal beam, at or near the ground, which distributes the load from the posts to the foundation.

sleeper

[′slēp·ər]
(civil engineering)
A timber, steel, or precast concrete beam placed under rails to hold them at the correct gage.

sleeper

1. One of a number of horizontal timbers that are laid on a concrete slab (or on the ground) and to which the flooring is nailed.
2. Any long horizontal beam, at or near the ground, which distributes the load from posts or framing.
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Never a tired driver passed the wooden cross, I am sure, without wishing well to the sleeper.
This noise acted upon her joy like the storm which awakens the sleeper in the midst of a happy dream; she grew pale and ran to the window, while Mme.
The overture to the second act began; and, at the first sound of the leader's bow across his violin, Franz observed the sleeper slowly arise and approach the Greek girl, who turned around to say a few words to him, and then, leaning forward again on the railing of her box, she became as absorbed as before in what was going on.
But, at this moment, a dog scenting along the ground, came in beneath the maple-trees, and gazed alternately at each of these wicked men, and then at the quiet sleeper.
Only as I passed the door of the forecastle, I heard a deep, quiet, trustful sigh of some sleeper inside.
But it seems to me that, formerly, you were less of a sleeper than that, dear friend; your blood was alive, and you were never to be found in bed.
The sleeper half turned, and then settled down once more into a deep slumber.
You are aware that I am not a very sound sleeper, and since I have been on guard in this house my slumbers have been lighter than ever.
Now it is well known that when there are many of these flowers together their odor is so powerful that anyone who breathes it falls asleep, and if the sleeper is not carried away from the scent of the flowers, he sleeps on and on forever.
The ambassador remained standing by the sleeper, waited until he stretched his limbs and opened his eyes, and then conveyed to him this proposal.
If his rage had broken him into a hundred pieces every one of them would have disregarded the incident, and leapt at the sleeper.
Werper almost forgot to breathe after the fashion of a sleeper as he saw what the ape-man was doing--he scarce repressed an ejaculation of satisfaction.