• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Inertion Lack of activity or exertion; inertness; quietude. "These vicissitudes of exertion and inertion of the arterial system constitute the paroxysms of remittent fever."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inertion Inertia; inertness; absence of exertion.
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  • Henry Brooks Adams
    “Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.”


In literature:

She had been fighting so long, and she felt utterly inert.
"The Adventures of Sally" by P. G. Wodehouse
She stood irresolute, inert, disinclined to bestir herself.
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
Of all things, least inert and sullen should be the soul of man.
"The Caxtons, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I fancy that our own emotions, our own sense of our destiny, make the great lever of the inert matter we accumulate.
"Ernest Maltravers, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The inertness of long years was shaken.
"My Novel, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I could sacrifice my happiness, but not my indolence; I was not ungenerous, I was inert.
"Godolphin, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
She was surprised to find in herself so many inert and dormant qualities, hitherto in abeyance.
"Parisians in the Country" by Honore de Balzac
So long as electricity remains in what we may call a normal state of repose, it is inert.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 303" by Various
Since the plan of escape had been projected he had lost all will of his own and become passive and inert.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
Yet simultaneously he derided himself for the inertness of his imagination.
"Casanova's Homecoming" by Arthur Schnitzler

In poetry:

I did not have these weak hands,
So inert, so cold and dead;
I did not have this heart
That doesn't show itself.
"Portrait " by Cecilia Meireles
I love the tones that softly rise,
And in a fine accordance close;
That waken no abrupt surprise,
Nor leave us to inert repose.
"To Mrs. T. Fancourt" by Matilda Betham
His greatest grief, his sharpest pain,
Is (when the days are dark with rain)
That for a season he must lie
Inert, while deer go bounding by;
"The Archer" by Maurice Thompson
How to wake up without hurt?
Restart without horror?
My sleep carried me
to that kingdom where life is inexistent and I remain inert without passion.
"To wake, To live" by Carlos Drummond de Andrade
The wind blows as it lists, a hurricane
Now carving shapes, now breaking them apart:
Fancies, colours, forms, inert creations --
A myriad scenes, though real, yet fantastic.
"On The Sea's Bosom" by Swami Vivekananda
So, while my lips inertly move,
While many heavy fetters bind,
And press upon my languid mind,
Oh! tell her not to doubt my love!
Affection still her hold shall keep,
Although her weary servants sleep.
"Vignette - XI" by Matilda Betham

In news:

A tribute to Burt and Bert that's inert as dirt.
Solutions abound for the measurement of oxygen in applications such as tank blanketing for oxidation protection, or vessel inerting for explosion protection.
These systems use chemical agents or inert gases to extinguish the fire.
The model HS3GT is reportedly capable of heating to 2450°F under inert atmosphere, with an SCR power supply for well-regulated voltage and current output.
Inept and inert, the astonishingly lifeless Wall Street drama " Margin Call " corrals a number of well-known and talented actors.
While there is nary a mention of the noble Dodo in Theresa Rebeck's Mauritius — an omission that both saddens and baffles me — the island's place in philatelic history forms the core of this oddly inert drama.
He said so Monday night during the latest update that told us nothing about a timetable for the inert big man's long-awaited debut as a Sixer.
One of the small fragments is inert (as most asteroids are) and the other has a comet-like tail.
It's because bones are very dynamic and are constantly changing even though they seem hard and inert.
The new, larger-than-life statue at one entrance to Mexico City's iconic Chapultepec Park may be inert but it's also proving politically radioactive.
The Humboldt County Drug Task Force called in the bomb squad Tuesday at a marijuana grow behind the former Eel River Sawmill, north of Rio Dell, after grenades -- later found to be inert -- were discovered at the scene.
Contrary to the popular view of the skeleton as an inert, lifeless structure, it turns out that the bones play a number of roles in the body.
Lucifer Furnaces delivered an industrial heat-treating box furnace for use with inert atmosphere to Mott Corp. A provider of porous metal products and filters based in Farmington, Conn.
A Norwegian doctor claims Israel is using Gaza as a 'test laboratory for new weapons,' including Dense Inert Metal Explosives, or DIME.
Uranium-Eating Bacteria Professor Judy Wall of the University of Missouri is working with bacteria that can render toxic radioactive metals inert University of Missouri-Columbia.

In science:

This can happen only if the molecule is relatively inert.
Ice Lines, Planetesimal Composition and Solid Surface Density in the Solar Nebula
Let ℓ be any prime at which E is inert, so that (OE ⊗ Z/ℓ)× ∼= F×ℓ2 g .
Split reductions of simple abelian varieties
For each ℓ inert in Z , let T an ℓ ⊂ G(Z/ℓ) be a maximally anisotropic maximal torus.
Split reductions of simple abelian varieties
In particular, if ℓ is a rational prime inert in E, then Gder (Z/ℓ) ∼= SUr (OE /ℓ).
Split reductions of simple abelian varieties
In particular, if ℓ is a rational prime inert in F , then Gder (Z/ℓ) ∼= Sp2r (OF /ℓ).
Split reductions of simple abelian varieties