inactivity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inactivity being inactive; being less active
    • n inactivity a disposition to remain inactive or inert "he had to overcome his inertia and get back to work"
    • n inactivity the state of being inactive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inactivity Idleness; habitual indisposition to action or exertion; lack of energy; sluggishness. "The gloomy inactivity of despair."
    • Inactivity The state or quality of being inactive; inertness; as, the inactivity of matter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inactivity The condition or character of being inactive; want of action or exertion; indisposition to act or exert one's self; sluggishness.
    • n inactivity Synonyms See idle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Inactivity idleness
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Quotations

  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “I never worry about action, but only inaction.”
  • Charles J. Givens
    Charles J. Givens
    “Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action, not inaction.”
  • Roberto Goizueta
    Roberto Goizueta
    “The moment avoiding failure becomes your motivation, you're down the path of inactivity. You stumble only if you're moving.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    Dale%20Carnegie
    “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
  • Doug Horton
    Doug%20Horton
    “Action cures fear, inaction creates terror.”
  • Jimmy Connors
    Jimmy Connors
    “Rather than viewing a brief relapse back to inactivity as a failure, treat it as a challenge and try to get back on track as soon as possible.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. inactivité,

Usage

In literature:

The inaction had passed away, and he shouted to Hardock to stop.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
He did not long remain inactive.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Inactive, they were much together, discussing their respective worlds.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
C., 1.045-1.06; optically inactive; refractive index at 20 deg.
"The Handbook of Soap Manufacture" by W. H. Simmons
But it was not her nature to remain in a state of inactive woe.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
His mental malady appeared to take the form of simple indifference and inactivity.
"The Madman and the Pirate" by R.M. Ballantyne
Eight years of Comparative Inactivity at Tarsus.
"The Life of St. Paul" by James Stalker
Inactivity produces softness, debility, and unfitness for the functions they are designed to perform.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Anyhow, at this critical moment the 3rd Scinde Horse and the 3rd Bombay Cavalry remained inactive.
"For Name and Fame" by G. A. Henty
They were not destined to remain long in inactivity.
"The Young Franc Tireurs" by G. A. Henty
The next year was one of comparative inactivity for Jones.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The country was dissatisfied with the inaction of the latter.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
Two months had passed since the affair down at Portsmouth, but we had not been inactive.
"Spies of the Kaiser" by William Le Queux
He did not remain long inactive.
"The Maroon" by Mayne Reid
Their minds were in a state of tedious inactivity, eager for such small interests and only capable of such small interests.
"Marriage" by H. G. Wells
The ten long years of inaction at last passed away, and another wave of exasperated independence and patriotism swept over the peninsula.
"A Short History of Italy" by Henry Dwight Sedgwick
If the absorbing vessels, being inactive, are insufficient for large secretions.
"Beauty" by Alexander Walker
Her energy cheered the soldiers, who were weary of inaction.
"Heroines That Every Child Should Know" by Various
Meanwhile the league was inactive.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 8" by Various
Assigned to duty in the western army, the regiment did not long remain inactive.
"Makers and Romance of Alabama History" by B. F. Riley
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In poetry:

Ye seas, in your eternal roar,
His sacred praise proclaim;
While the inactive sluggish shore
Re-echoes to the same.
"Hymn To God's Power" by James Thomson
What's friendship? The hangover's faction,
The gratis talk of outrage,
Exchange by vanity, inaction,
Or bitter shame of patronage.
"Friendship" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Behold yon streamlet gliding by,
Whose waves are onward moving;
That image to the mind should be,
A spur to inactivity,
Each sluggish soul reproving.
"On The Fading Enjoyments Of Time" by Elizabeth Bath
I sit in the top of the wood, my eyes closed.
Inaction, no falsifying dream
Between my hooked head and hooked feet:
Or in sleep rehearse perfect kills and eat.
"Hawk Roosting" by Ted Hughes
Foremost of citizens and best of chiefs,
Within thy mind no weak inaction lay;
Leal to thy standards, firm in thy beliefs;
As quick to do, as others are to say.
"Theodore Roosevelt" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft

In news:

Re "U. S. Criticizes Major Allies for Inaction in Slave Trade" (news article, July 13).
Washington, DC, has a reputation for doing nothing, and inaction is often the best-case scenario.
Jason Spitz is on the Packers' inactive list today, meaning the team will have Scott Wells starting at center today.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and receiver Calvin Johnson are also inactive.
Global Warming Report Sternly Warns Against Inaction.
Others wonder whether the sun may be going through an extended period of inactivity.
The taxi squad, properly called the inactive list, consists of five extra players who can be added or subtracted to the active roster at will.
Election year is no excuse for inaction.
Climate Hawks and 'Reverse Tribalism ': How Our Policy Choices Are Fueling Climate Inaction.
UTC professor contributes to medical journal's series on perils of physical inactivity.
The bill becomes law as a result of her inaction.
Starting right guard Stephen Neal, reserve defensive lineman Ron Brace and reserve cornerback Terrence Wheatley are the remaining three players inactive for the Patriots today.
Authorities tested the substance and it was found to be inactive.
Bay Area home sales continued a steady string of yearly gains in October, with middle to high-end homes accounting for the increased inactivity, according to a report Wednesday.
SCOTT SUTTELL Washington inaction could endanger small banks' ability to lend.
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In science:

The final two terms represent the contribution to inactive nodes due to the activity of the nodes in all the other classes.
Random walks and search in time-varying networks
The interaction between the three active cells at a given time, plus the residual polarization in the “inactive” cells, slows the coherent oscillations to the point where the bit packet is fully polarized over the period of the simulation, as long as there is no dissipation.
Consequences of Many-cell Correlations in Treating Clocked Quantum-dot Cellular Automata Circuits
If the PU’s queue is empty and, hence, the PU is inactive, secondary transmission is successful with probability P out,0s , whose expression as a function of the secondary link parameters, transmission time T , and the data packet size is provided in Appendix A.
Optimal Random Access and Random Spectrum Sensing for an Energy Harvesting Cognitive Radio
Sensing the PU to be active occurs with probability PFA if the PU is actually inactive, or with probability 1−PMD if the PU is actively transmitting.
Optimal Random Access and Random Spectrum Sensing for an Energy Harvesting Cognitive Radio
Both designs behaved identically except for the edge efficiency where the conservative design showed the expected 450 µ m inactive edge.
Prototype ATLAS IBL Modules using the FE-I4A Front-End Readout Chip
The size of the inactive area of the sensors can be estimated by measuring the hit efficiency of the edge pixels (see figure 9).
Prototype ATLAS IBL Modules using the FE-I4A Front-End Readout Chip
The active area extends to about 20 µ m over the edge pixel making the inactive area also approximately 200 µ m at 50% efficiency.
Prototype ATLAS IBL Modules using the FE-I4A Front-End Readout Chip
Overall, following irradiation both PPS and 3D sensors have only small inactive regions, as expected from their geometry.
Prototype ATLAS IBL Modules using the FE-I4A Front-End Readout Chip
The leading tone, submediant, subdominant, and supertonic tones are also called active tones, because they have the tendency to resolve in a special direction toward (or be attracted to) the nearby stable (or inactive) tones (such as those tones in the tonic triad) in a melody.
Music in Terms of Science
Therefore, the active tones bring motion and liveliness in the melody line, while the inactive tones usually conclude the musical phases leaving a settled, rest feeling to the listener.
Music in Terms of Science
Because of this, from now on, I call the new approach the inaction approach.
The inaction approach to gauge theories
The inaction approach advocated here studies Green functions and employs functional integration.
The inaction approach to gauge theories
So, the inaction approach lies between the causal approach and the standard approach.
The inaction approach to gauge theories
At the same time, like the standard approach, the inaction approach is not shy of using unobservable ob jects.
The inaction approach to gauge theories
In Section 2, I introduce key ob jects of the inaction approach to gauge theories.
The inaction approach to gauge theories
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