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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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There were no rough sleepers in Denbighshire on the night of the count on November 25, last year, but there were five in Conwy and one in Flintshire.
The council relies almost entirely on charities to provide for the needs of homeless rough sleepers in the borough.
The sleepers don't have to be level--they can follow the slope of your patio.
The researchers found that good quality sleepers recovered more efficiently from stressors to the skin.
Recovery from sunburn was more sluggish in poor quality sleepers, with erythema (redness) remaining higher over 72 hours, indicating that inflammation is less efficiently resolved.
North Tyneside Council is using the sleepers throughout the borough.
Half of our sleepers adjusted their position on average six times.
The short sleepers (but not the very short or very long sleepers) were 53% more likely to have the elevated triglyceride levels associated with metabolic syndrome (150 mg/dL or higher), compared with the reference group.
But most of the sleepers are soaked in Creosote, a chemical linked with cancer.
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However, meaningful differences between long and short sleepers have never been identified.