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in·ert

 (ĭn-ûrt′)
adj.
1.
a. Incapable of moving or acting: "[Some patients] lingered, unable to breathe on their own, inert and unresponsive even to the most noxious stimulus" (Gary Greenberg).
b. Sluggish in action or motion; lethargic. See Synonyms at inactive.
2. Chemistry Not readily reactive with other elements; forming few or no chemical compounds.
3. Having no pharmacologic, metabolic, or other physiological effect.

[Latin iners, inert- : in-, not; see in-1 + ars, skill; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

in·ert′ly adv.
in·ert′ness n.

inert

(ɪnˈɜːt)
adj
1. having no inherent ability to move or to resist motion
2. inactive, lazy, or sluggish
3. (Chemistry) having only a limited ability to react chemically; unreactive
[C17: from Latin iners unskilled, from in-1 + ars skill; see art1]
inˈertly adv
inˈertness n

in•ert

(ɪnˈɜrt, ɪˈnɜrt)

adj.
1. having no inherent power of action, motion, or resistance (opposed to active): inert matter.
2. having little or no ability to react, as nitrogen that occurs uncombined in the atmosphere.
3. having no pharmacological action, as the excipient of a pill.
4. inactive or sluggish by habit or nature.
[1640–50; < Latin inert-, s. of iners unskilled, inactive, sluggish]
in•ert′ly, adv.
in•ert′ness, n.
syn: See inactive.

in·ert

(ĭn-ûrt′)
Not chemically reactive.

inert

A substance which is either very or completely unreactive. Nitrogen and the noble gases are inert.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.inert - unable to move or resist motion
nonmoving, unmoving - not in motion
2.inert - having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive; "inert matter"; "an indifferent chemical in a reaction"
chemical science, chemistry - the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions
unreactive - (chemistry) not reacting chemically
3.inert - slow and apatheticinert - slow and apathetic; "she was fat and inert"; "a sluggish worker"; "a mind grown torpid in old age"
inactive - not active physically or mentally; "illness forced him to live an inactive life"; "dreamy and inactive by nature"

inert

inert

adjective
Marked by a lack of action or activity:
Translations
خامِل، مُتراخٍ، كَسْلانلا حِراكَ فيه
nehybnýnetečný
døddvaskinaktivtræg
trägeinert
tehetetlen
hreyfingarlaus, líflausviljalaus, aîgerîalaus
inertinisinertiškasinertiškumasneveiklus
inertskūtrsnekustīgs

inert

[ɪˈnɜːt] ADJ (= inanimate) [substance, gas] → inerte; (= motionless) → inerte, inmóvil
he lay inert on the floorestaba inerte or inmóvil en el suelo

inert

[ɪnˈɜːrt] adj
[body, person] → inerte
[gas] → inerte

inert

adjunbeweglich; (Phys) matterträge; (Chem) substanceinaktiv

inert

[ɪˈnɜːt] adjinerte

inert

(iˈnəːt) adjective
1. without the power to move. A stone is an inert object.
2. (of people) not wanting to move, act or think. lazy, inert people.
iˈnertness noun
iˈnertia (-ʃiə) noun
the state of being inert. It was difficult to overcome the feeling of inertia that the wine and heat had brought on.

in·ert

a. inerte, letárgico-a; abúlico-a; rel. a la inercia.

inert

adj inerte
References in classic literature ?
But when they got their electric torches, and focused them on the inert, black object, it was found to be a bear which had come to nose about the camp for dainty morsels.
Clifford, the reader may perhaps imagine, was too inert to operate morally on his fellow-creatures, however intimate and exclusive their relations with him.
This it is, that for ever keeps God's true princes of the Empire from the world's hustings; and leaves the highest honors that this air can give, to those men who become famous more through their infinite inferiority to the choice hidden handful of the Divine Inert, than through their undoubted superiority over the dead level of the mass.
Stripped to our shirts and drawers, we sprang to the white-ash, and after several hours' pulling were almost disposed to renounce the chase, when a general pausing commotion among the whales gave animating token that they were now at last under the influence of that strange perplexity of inert irresolution, which, when the fishermen perceive it in the whale, they say he is gallied.
I perceive that, when an acorn and a chestnut fall side by side, the one does not remain inert to make way for the other, but both obey their own laws, and spring and grow and flourish as best they can, till one, perchance, overshadows and destroys the other.
One had the sense of being under the brooding contemplation of a spirit, not an inert mass of rocks and ice--a spirit which had looked down, through the slow drift of the ages, upon a million vanished races of men, and judged them; and would judge a million more--and still be there, watching, unchanged and unchangeable, after all life should be gone and the earth have become a vacant desolation.
Then there was the satisfaction of being mistress of the poor domain; of planning, governing, deciding; of bringing order out of chaos; of implanting gayety in the place of inert resignation to the inevitable.
But, though both stout of heart, and strong of person, Athelstane had a disposition too inert and unambitious to make the exertions which Cedric seemed to expect from him.
We know that a four-mile-an- hour nation must remain a huge inert mass of peasants and villagers; or if, after centuries of slow toil, it should pile up a great city, the city will sooner or later fall to pieces of its own weight.
The children of the poor are therefore allowed to "feel" from their earliest years, and they gain thereby a precocity and an early vivacity which contrast at first most favourably with the inert, undeveloped, and listless behaviour of the half-instructed youths of the Polygonal class; but when the latter have at last completed their University course, and are prepared to put their theory into practice, the change that comes over them may almost be described as a new birth, and in every art, science, and social pursuit they rapidly overtake and distance their Triangular competitors.
As it sank he became less and less frenzied, and just as it dipped he slid from the hands that held him, an inert mass, on the floor.
Whilst I was contemplating this inert mass, a dozen of these voracious beasts appeared round the boat; and, without noticing us, threw themselves upon the dead body and fought with one another for the pieces.