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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.
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Summary: Pokhran (Rajasthan) [India], May 24 (ANI): The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Friday successfully tested an indigenously developed 500-kg inertially guided bomb at the Pokhran test-firing range in Rajasthan.
Of these three factors, the RMW-relative location was found to be most predictive of the future intensity change: TCs with a lightning burst inside the RMW preferentially intensified--deep convection inside the RMW allows diabatic heating to be confined to the inertially stable core, leading to further warming and intensification--while a lightning burst outside the RMW resulted in weakening.
However, there are situations in which consumers may be confronted with new taste regimes that they do not understand or share, but end up learning inertially. This may occur through new lifestyle arrangements, resetting their social network, and exposure to unsought contents or possibilities, which lead consumers to gradually learn new consumption patterns.
(9) Herther and Malcomson teamed up to study the transitional control system needed for placing a satellite in a 300-mile orbit using an inertially referenced, computer-controlled second-stage thruster fired at apogee.
This system is a differentially corrected and inertially aided dual GPS positioning system used with tidal data to enable accurate estimates of seafloor topography from a moving platform.
For a high-resolution aerial remote sensing system, it needs the inertially stabilized platform (ISP) to isolate the attitude changes of an aircraft in the directions of three axes and to reject the multisource disturbances in real time whether they are inside or outside of the aircraft body; therefore, the ISP is a key component for an aerial remote sensing system, which is mainly used to hold and control the line of sight (LOS) of the imaging sensors keeping steady in the inertial space [1-5].
The inertially stabilized platform (ISP) is a key component for an aerial remote sensing system, which is used to hold and control the line of sight (LOS) of the imaging sensors keeping steady relative to the tracking object in the inertial space [1, 2].
A similar finding was previously reported (Rowson et al., 2010), where participants' peak ankle dorsiflexion angles were smaller by an average of 7.2% when wearing HS than when wearing LS during an inertially invoked dorsiflexion movement.
As Santos remarks [2], it cannot be underestimated "the importance of the precautionary principle when dealing with a possible complementarity or contradiction between different types of knowledge", especially because the very mechanisms of colonialism predisposes us (inertially) to call "abstract judgments based on the abstract superiority of scientific knowledge" (p.
As standard payload ScanEagle carries either an inertially stabilized electro-optical or an infrared camera.
For tests which are inertially reacted one must be careful about the manipulation of simulator inputs so that they do not excite unnatural dynamics and so that actual dynamics are excited as they would be in the field.