• WordNet 3.6
    • adj inert slow and apathetic "she was fat and inert","a sluggish worker","a mind grown torpid in old age"
    • adj inert unable to move or resist motion
    • adj inert having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive "inert matter","an indifferent chemical in a reaction"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inert Destitute of the power of moving itself, or of active resistance to motion; as, matter is inert .
    • Inert Indisposed to move or act; very slow to act; sluggish; dull; inactive; indolent; lifeless. "The inert and desponding party of the court.""It present becomes extravagant, then imbecile, and at length utterly inert ."
    • Inert Not having or manifesting active properties; not affecting other substances when brought in contact with them; powerless for an expected or desired effect; as, the noble gases are chemically inert . "Even the favored isles . . . Can boast but little virtue; and, inert Through plenty, lose in morals what they gain
      In manners -- victims of luxurious ease."
      "Doomed to lose four months in inactive obscurity.""Sluggish Idleness, the nurse of sin,
      Upon a slothful ass he chose to ride."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inert Having no inherent power of action, motion, or resistance; without inherent force; inanimate; lifeless: applied to matter in its intrinsic character: as, an inert mass of clay; an inert corpse.
    • inert Indisposed or unable to move or act; inactive; sluggish: as, an inert drug.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inert in-ėrt′ dull: senseless: inactive: slow: without the power of moving itself, or of active resistance to motion: powerless
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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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. iners, inertis, unskilled, idle; pref. in-, + ars, art: cf. F. inerte,. See Art
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. inersin, not, ars, art.


In literature:

Some time afterwards, two men were seen carrying an inert body across the quad; they took it upstairs and put it on a bed.
"The Worlds Greatest Books" by Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
The official went down without a sound and lay still, inert.
"Elusive Isabel" by Jacques Futrelle
Itself, inert, it doth as God urgeth it to do.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
In an instant, as it seemed, that yelping, murderous wretch had subsided into a huddled, inert heap.
"The Uttermost Farthing" by R. Austin Freeman
His face was gray and drawn, his lips were pale, and his long skillful surgeon's hands looked inert and weary.
"The Precipice" by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
Then came a thud and the lion lay inert.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
The inert Were roused, and lively natures rapt away!
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. III" by William Wordsworth
As the journey advanced and the train swept farther west she became dull, languid, almost inert.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
Her sapphirine eyes were shining, her hands lay inert in her lap, her lips quivered softly.
"The House of Mystery" by William Henry Irwin
He went back to his bed and lay there inert.
"His Family" by Ernest Poole
Gasoline is an inert substance, but, under well-understood conditions, it affords power.
"The Reconstructed School" by Francis B. Pearson
The earth is to him no inert, resistant clod; she brings forth of herself.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
With one finger of her right hand she detaches the yarn from the distaff that lies inert in the little iron rut before her.
"The Woman Who Toils" by Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
A force without a leader hath been called inert by the wise.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
It is this rather hopeless, inert, pseudo-sage mass of unbelievers who render possible the continuation of war dangers.
"New York Times Current History: The European War, Vol 2, No. 1, April, 1915" by Various
On toward the door of Diane's shelter he crept and once more lay inert and quiet.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
But it fell on an inert mass where Barger had fallen to the earth.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
He lay quite inert on the ice, choking and coughing.
"A Busy Year at the Old Squire's" by Charles Asbury Stephens
The monster, which had been perfectly inert up to this time, threw out a marvelous light, which illuminated the depths of the sea.
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood
He would be but an inert mass of flesh without sense or intelligence.
"The Mind and Its Education" by George Herbert Betts

In poetry:

He brushes a damp hair
away from an ear
as perfect as a sleeping child's.
He stares, inert, the fallen column.
"Egypt, Tobago" by Derek Walcott
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
How to remember without suffering?
to recollect without horror?
The sound has transported me
to that kingdom where life does not exist
and I remain inert without feeling.
"To Remember Life" 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:

The alloys can be melted under air, vacuum or inert gas, and the range of compositions is virtually unlimited.
Possible pipe bomb found in Moller Avenue home was determined to be inert .
Inert pension plan has worker irked.
Elderly needn't become inert .
2000°F Inert Atmosphere Heavy-Duty Box Furnace.
If oxygen could create a problem, pneumatic equipment could use an inert gas.
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.
It's because bones are very dynamic and are constantly changing even though they seem hard and inert.
"One way to significantly increase diversion is through implementation of a waste conversion project, a project where less than 10 percent of inert waste from municipal solid waste ends up being landfilled," he told the committee.
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.
A Norwegian doctor claims Israel is using Gaza as a 'test laboratory for new weapons,' including Dense Inert Metal Explosives, or DIME.
Possible pipe bomb found in Moller Avenue home was determined to be inert.
A person is given an inert substance with no medicinal properties and told that it is a drug that is proven to cure whatever malady they are experiencing.
Using Cleanup Bacteria to Render Radioactive Metals Chemically Inert.
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:

Let L0 |Q be a cyclic extension of ℓ-power degree such that P ∩ Q is inert in L0 |Q and L0 N .
On Cebotarev sets
Simple fluids are classical systems in which chemically inert particles interact through a pairwise potential.
Clusters in Simple Fluids
As a first step it is of special interest to consider the static limit i.e. the case t = 0 (equivalent to an infinite hole mass) where a spin 1/2 is replaced by an inert (impurity-like) site.
Spin-Charge Separation in Two-dimensional Frustrated Quantum Magnets
Suppose E /L is a curve with complex multiplication by an order in the imaginary quadratic field K = Q(√D) (where D is the discriminant of K .) Then by Theorem 5.1 the primes where E has supersingular reduction are precisely those primes that are either ramified or inert in K .
Complex Multiplication Tests for Elliptic Curves
The primes that ramify are those that divide the discriminant D , and the primes p that remain inert are those for which (cid:0) D p (cid:1) = −1.
Complex Multiplication Tests for Elliptic Curves
If P is a (degree 1) prime of Q(jE ) that remains inert in Q(√−D, jE ) then its norm (a rational prime) remains inert in Q(√−D).
Complex Multiplication Tests for Elliptic Curves
S = {β1 , β2 , β3} is an inert set of roots, that is, neither the sum nor the difference of elements in S is a root.
Constructing Graded Lie Algebras
An unexpected feature of self-dual locally supersymmetric systems is that they couple not only to the dilaton-axion chiral multiplet (that transforms under duality rotations), but also to those nonlinear K¨ahler sigma-models which are inert under duality rotations.
On the component structure of N = 1 supersymmetric nonlinear electrodynamics
The dynamical variables φ are covariantly chiral scalar superfields, ¯D ˙αφ = 0, being inert with respect to the super-Weyl transformations.
On the component structure of N = 1 supersymmetric nonlinear electrodynamics
Motivated by this finding, we analyze the model with the central site being inert.
Stabilizing the Discrete Vortex of Topological Charge S=2
We have thus proposed to consider a model with an impurity (an inert) site at the center of the vortex.
Stabilizing the Discrete Vortex of Topological Charge S=2
In the Clifford algebra this means that all elements generated by an even number of basis elements are inert under this mapping, but not the vectors themselves.
Basics of M-Theory
Nor are the elements inert that are generated by an odd number of basis elements.
Basics of M-Theory
The SP IN (n) group is defined to be the subgroup of P IN (n) which is inert under the sign swap of vectors Definition 2.
Basics of M-Theory
It cannot radiate further and becomes an inert remnant of about Planck mass.
GUP in presence of extra dimensions and lifetime of mini black holes