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A form of decay in which wood becomes soft and weak and has a dull lifeless appearance.
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Every time Uncle Dave dozes off, he agreed to pay the boy $2 to wake him up.
Michael dozes off, but as his vehicle veers off the road, he awakens in time to avoid hitting a girl standing on the side of the road.
But Regis also raises the theory, advanced by others, that the institute's very isolation is the cause of this sloth; that is, given no outside stimulation, a person doesn't concentrate harder, he dozes off.