torpor


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tor·por

 (tôr′pər)
n.
1. A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.
2. Lethargy; apathy. See Synonyms at lethargy.
3. The dormant, inactive state of a hibernating or estivating animal.

[Latin, from torpēre, to be stiff; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

tor′po·rif′ic (-pə-rĭf′ĭk) adj.

torpor

(ˈtɔːpə)
n
a state of torpidity
[C17: from Latin: inactivity, from torpēre to be motionless]
ˌtorporˈific adj

tor•por

(ˈtɔr pər)

n.
1. sluggish inactivity or inertia.
2. lethargic indifference; apathy.
3. a state of suspended physical powers and activities.
4. dormancy, as of a hibernating animal.
[1600–10; < Latin: numbness =torp(ēre) to be stiff or numb + -or -or1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.torpor - a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibilitytorpor - a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility; "he fell into a deep torpor"
hibernation - the torpid or resting state in which some animals pass the winter
lassitude, lethargy, sluggishness - a state of comatose torpor (as found in sleeping sickness)
physical condition, physiological condition, physiological state - the condition or state of the body or bodily functions
2.torpor - inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energytorpor - inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy
passivity, passiveness - the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative

torpor

torpor

noun
A deficiency in mental and physical alertness and activity:
Translations

torpor

[ˈtɔːpəʳ] Nletargo m

torpor

[ˈtɔːrr] ntorpeur f

torpor

n (= lethargy)Trägheit f; (= apathy)Abgestumpftheit f; (Zool) → Torpidität f

torpor

[ˈtɔːpəʳ] n (frm) → torpore m

tor·por

n. embotamiento; estancamiento, inactividad física.
References in classic literature ?
She was the only one of his family who could rouse the old man from the torpor in which he seemed to live.
It was the invigorating breath of a fresh outward atmosphere, after the long torpor and monotonous seclusion of her life.
The same torpor, as regarded the capacity for intellectual effort, accompanied me home, and weighed upon me in the chamber which I most absurdly termed my study.
But at last the roar of a bigger and nearer break than usual brought her out of her torpor, and she looked up, and her practiced eye fell upon that telltale rush of water.
But the complete torpor came at last: the fingers lost their tension, the arms unbent; then the little head fell away from the bosom, and the blue eyes opened wide on the cold starlight.
The thought of a duty unfulfilled shook off his torpor, and he hurried from the abode of drunkenness.
At the sight of another human being my torpor passed, and I leaned out of the window eagerly.
Scarcely had I finished my repast, when I felt myself sink by degrees into a strange torpor.
cried Andrea, who seemed roused from the torpor in which he had been plunged.
As she was unable to communicate with people, she lived in a sort of somnambulistic torpor.
with the result that, catching a chill, he died, after a short illness, so suddenly and unexpectedly that for a few days we were almost beside ourselves with the shock -- my mother, in particular, lying for a while in such a state of torpor that I had fears for her reason.
He rose and took a few steps as if to rouse himself from his torpor and went as far as the window; he saw glittering below him the muskets of the guards.