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in·er·tia

 (ĭ-nûr′shə)
n.
1. Physics The tendency of a body at rest to remain at rest or of a body in straight line motion to stay in motion in a straight line unless acted on by an outside force; the resistance of a body to changes in momentum.
2. Resistance or disinclination to motion, action, or change: an entrenched bureaucracy's inertia.

[Latin, idleness, from iners, inert-, inert; see inert.]

in·er′tial adj.
in·er′tial·ly adv.

inertia

(ɪnˈɜːʃə; -ʃɪə)
n
1. the state of being inert; disinclination to move or act
2. (General Physics) physics
a. the tendency of a body to preserve its state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force
b. an analogous property of other physical quantities that resist change: thermal inertia.
inˈertial adj

in•er•tia

(ɪnˈɜr ʃə, ɪˈnɜr-)

n.
1. inertness, esp. with regard to effort, motion, action, and the like; inactivity; sluggishness.
2.
a. the property of matter by which it retains its state of rest or its velocity along a straight line so long as it is not acted upon by an external force.
b. an analogous property of a force: electric inertia.
[1705–15; < Latin: lack of skill, slothfulness. See inert, -ia]
in•er′tial, adj.

in·er·tia

(ĭ-nûr′shə)
The tendency of a body at rest to remain at rest, or of a body in motion to continue moving in a straight line at a constant speed unless a force is applied to it. Mass is a measure of a body's inertia.

inertia

A body’s tendency to maintain a state of rest or of uniform motion.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inertia - a disposition to remain inactive or inert; "he had to overcome his inertia and get back to work"
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
languor, lethargy, phlegm, sluggishness, flatness - inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy; "the general appearance of sluggishness alarmed his friends"
restfulness - the attribute of being restful; "he longed for the restfulness of home"
passivity, passiveness - the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative
indolence, laziness - inactivity resulting from a dislike of work
2.inertia - (physics) the tendency of a body to maintain its state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
moment of inertia - the tendency of a body to resist angular acceleration
mechanical phenomenon - a physical phenomenon associated with the equilibrium or motion of objects

inertia

Translations
فُتور، خُمول، جُمود
ochablostsetrvačnost
inertitræghed
hitausinertia
aîgerîaleysi; sljóleiki
daadloosheidinertietraagheid
bezvládnosť
tröghet
eylemsizliktembellik

inertia

[ɪˈnɜːʃə] N
1. [of person] → inercia f, apatía f
2. (Chem, Phys) → inercia f
see also moment 2

inertia

[ɪnˈɜːrʃə] ninertie finertia-reel seat belt nceinture f de sécurité à enrouleur

inertia

n (lit, fig)Trägheit f; inertia-reel seat beltAutomatikgurt m

inertia

[ɪˈnɜːʃə] ninerzia

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·er·ti·a

n. inercia, falta de actividad; letargia, abulia, resistencia a un cambio.
References in classic literature ?
And the worst of it was, and the root of it all, that it was all in accord with the normal fundamental laws of over-acute consciousness, and with the inertia that was the direct result of those laws, and that consequently one was not only unable to change but could do absolutely nothing.
It went of itself, like all such boards, by the mere force of inertia. (Many people gained their livelihood by the Board of Irrigation, especially one highly conscientious and musical family: all the daughters played on stringed instruments, and Alexey Alexandrovitch knew the family and had stood godfather to one of the elder daughters.) The raising of this question by a hostile department was in Alexey Alexandrovitch's opinion a dishonorable proceeding, seeing that in every department there were things similar and worse, which no one inquired into, for well-known reasons of official etiquette.
This indifference to motion or repose is called inertia.
Prince Andrew had grown thinner, paler, and more manly-looking, but what amazed and estranged Pierre till he got used to it were his inertia and a wrinkle on his brow indicating prolonged concentration on some one thought.
It had still too many problems to solve and too much general inertia to overcome.
The skill and diligence with which the old man and lads support the serpents and keep them up to their work have been justly regarded as one of the noblest artistic illustrations of the mastery of human intelligence over brute inertia.
We call it by many names,--fever, intemperance, insanity, stupidity and crime; they are all forms of old age; they are rest, conservatism, appropriation, inertia; not newness, not the way onward.
Just at this time there occurred an event which roused me somewhat from my inertia, and gave me an interest in the passing moment that I had thought impossible for me.
He hesitated, and I had the impression that he felt himself about to yield to a stealing tide of inertia; then, "Thank you-I'll take it," he answered shortly.
A tornado of realisation swept through every stock exchange in the world; banks stopped payment, business shrank and ceased, factories ran on for a day or so by a sort of inertia, completing the orders of bankrupt and extinguished customers, then stopped.
For that sort of inertia in woman is always enigmatic and therefore menacing.
It was a sort of sacred inertia. Razumov felt a respect for it.