From (etyl) . Compare slumber and (etyl) sloom.
A gentle sleep; slumber.
From (etyl) slumen, slummen, from (etyl) .
(Scotland, obsolete) To sleep lightly, to doze, to nod; to be half-asleep.
* Jane Ermina Locke, "Elia", in The Recalled: In Voices of the Past, and Poems of the Ideal , James Munroe and Company (1854),
* 1900 , Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr, The Maid of Maiden lane , Dodd, Mead and Company,
- To his castle’s portal, / At the morning gloaming, / Bore they all the mortal / From the battle’s foaming, / Of the white bannered warrior knight, / Cold in his armor slooming !
* 1936 , Esmond Quinterley, Ushering Interlude , The Fortune Press, page 66:
- Then the doctor was slooming and nodding, and waking up and saying a word or two, and relapsing again into semi-unconsciousness.
* 2001 , Gemma O'Connor, Walking on Water ,
- The afternoon sun painted amber patterns on the Turkey red hearthrug: the only splash of colour in the dun room. Potter sloomed in the arms of the chair.
][http://www.amazon.com/Walking-Water-Gemma-OConnor/dp/0515135976 Berkley Publishing Group (2003), ISBN 978-0-515-13597-8, page 205:
(of plants or soil) To soften or rot with damp.
* unidentified young farmer, letter to his father, printed in Edinburgh Farmers’ Magazine'' 1807, reprinted in ''The Farmer’s Register , Volume 7, Number 9 (1839 September 30),
- He lay slooming half-asleep, half-awake, thinking about Tuesday afternoon.
* 1824 August, “Remarks on Captian Napier's Essay on Store-Farming”, in The Farmer’s Magazine , Volume XXV, Archibald Constable and Company (publishers),
- He adds, that one hundred bolls, or fifty quarters of wheat may be thrashed in a day of eight hours, unless the grain has been sloomed or mildewed;
* Alexander J. Main, “Experiments with Special Manures”, in Transactions of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland , W. Blackwood & Sons (1855),
- no other spot over their whole pastured offered as much verdure at this time as these seemingly sloomed places.
- It must be explained, however, that in the latter case the “slooming ” of the crop had an injurious effect on its yield;
* Jamieson's Dictionary of the Scottish language (1867) [http://books.google.com/books?id=EXgKAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA494&dq=slooming+, +slooms+, +sloomed+, +sloom&as_brr=3&ei=pu5uS5uFOIyaMqCFsI8P&cd=10v=onepage&q=slooming, slooms, sloomed, sloom&f=false]
* Dictionary of the Scots Language, “