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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 ?
After some time they began to think themselves ill-treated in the appointment of so inert a Ruler, and sent a second deputation to Jupiter to pray that he would set over them another sovereign.
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.
Even within the five-mile circle the great majority of people were inert.
But it is not moved to seek seclusion, and to remain, hidden and inert, shut up in a small cabin with the solace of a good bodily appetite.
As a bleeding, mortally wounded animal licks its wounds, they remained inert in Moscow for five weeks, and then suddenly, with no fresh reason, fled back: they made a dash for the Kaluga road, and (after a victory- for at Malo-Yaroslavets the field of conflict again remained theirs) without undertaking a single serious battle, they fled still more rapidly back to Smolensk, beyond Smolensk, beyond the Berezina, beyond Vilna, and farther still.
This good fortune could not last indefinitely, and, assured that Thurid would not again leave me alive, I awaited the bursting of the next shell that hit; and then, throwing my hands above my head, I let go my hold and crumpled, limp and inert, dangling in my harness like a corpse.
These they were filling with water and placing over a number of fires near the stake where the dying victim now hung, an inert and bloody mass of suffering.
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.
The unfortunate girl felt herself so utterly abandoned by God and men, that her head fell upon her breast like an inert thing which has no power in itself.
Then, with drooping head, inert hands and staring eyes she repeated at intervals:
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.
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.