Definition of semiconscious in US English:



  • 1(of a person) only partially conscious.

    ‘he dragged out the semiconscious pilot’
    • ‘When not active, I lapsed into delirium and a semi-conscious state.’
    • ‘Thirteen-year-old girls have had to be brought to hospital after being found semi-conscious from alcohol in public parks in Limerick.’
    • ‘And many would argue that intelligence is made up of unconscious, conscious, and semi-conscious elements, experiences.’
    • ‘He cradled the semi-conscious Tenkou in his arms.’
    • ‘Rick saw her coming and stepped between her and the paramedics who had just loaded a semi-conscious Jason onto a stretcher.’
    • ‘And it was then, in that delirious, half-starved, semi-conscious state that she came up with a plan.’
    • ‘Both women were admitted to St Dominic's Hospital on Tuesday and underwent emergency surgery after they were found in a semi-conscious state.’
    • ‘Exhausted and semi-conscious, my peripheral awareness of a sort of beige abyss was occasionally punctuated by explosions of extreme color.’
    • ‘Two weeks later, he was referred back to hospital after becoming semi-conscious and having convulsions.’
    • ‘The semi-conscious bride and the manipulative groom pulling up to a Las Vegas wedding chapel drive-in did not conjure up images of a fairy tale romance.’
    • ‘He said he tried to pull his semi-conscious wife from the car because he was worried it could burst into flames but was unable to open the driver's door so he dragged her through the passenger side.’
    • ‘After the rescue, doctors said Chen's breath and heartbeat were both fast, and she was semi-conscious, entering a ‘bad’ state.’
    • ‘I'd be lying, semi-conscious in my hospital bed, laid low by my flaky pods, defenceless against her scheming ways.’
    • ‘If a heavy dose of this medicine is given, the patient becomes semi-conscious, his heart beat becomes slow and nervous system and resistance power also becomes weak.’
    • ‘Emerging from my semi-conscious state, I blinked away the stubborn black spots in front of my eyes, and was immediately tackled by a sobbing blonde thing.’
    • ‘Naturally, Prom time rolled around, and being gothic and hip, my natural inclination was to hover in a semi-conscious state of misery and darkness.’
    • ‘Soon the entire crew is reduced to sweating and semi-conscious heaps of flatulent flesh.’
    • ‘In September, a week before his death, he was taken to hospital after his wife found him semi-conscious in bed having taken an overdose of painkillers and whisky.’
    • ‘But then I needed their attentiveness, as I was collapsed and semi-conscious at the top of a frozen wasteland, the nearest settlement being miles down the mountain.’
    • ‘Don't walk, talk, or eat like a semi-conscious person.’
    into a stupor, into a daze, into a state of unconsciousness, into oblivion
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    1. 1.1 (of a feeling or memory) of which the person experiencing it is only vaguely or partially aware.
      ‘semiconscious obsessions’
      • ‘It was only after wasting a year's worth of boarding school education that I made the semiconscious decision to start painting my lungs with powder and devouring my academics.’
      • ‘Somehow you are always semiconscious of the possibility of showing your knickers, and keeping your knees together and whether or not it's riding up when you sit down.’
      • ‘The underlying process going on here is that patients endeavor in an unconscious or semiconscious way to produce symptoms that will correspond to the medical diagnostics of the time.’
      • ‘It sent a semiconscious message about a newspaper's ability to reach a wide audience.’
      • ‘This fascination with the workings of the semiconscious mind and with the phenomenology of sense impression goes back to his earliest efforts.’