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sleep 1. (Or "{block}") When a {process} on a {multitasking} system asks the {scheduler} to deactivate it until some given external event (e.g. an {interrupt} or a specified time delay) occurs. The alternative is to {poll} or "{busy wait}" for the event but this uses processing power. Also used in the phrase "sleep on" (or "block on") some external event, meaning to wait for it. E.g. the {Unix} command of the same name which pauses the current process for a given number of seconds. 2. To go into partial deactivation to save power. [{Jargon File}] (2000-09-25)

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