inertness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n inertness immobility by virtue of being inert
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Inertness Absence of the power of self-motion; inertia.
    • Inertness Lack of activity or exertion; habitual indisposition to action or motion; sluggishness; apathy; insensibility. "Laziness and inertness of mind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n inertness The state or quality of being inert Lack of activity or exertion; habitual indisposition to action or motion; sluggishness.
    • n inertness The state of being inherently destitute of the power of motion or action; that property by which bodies tend to persist in a state of rest, or of motion derived from external force. See inertia.
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Quotations

  • Henry Brooks Adams
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    “Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “Men of genius are often dull and inert in society; as the blazing meteor, when it descends to earth, is only a stone.”

Usage

In literature:

Are all our ideas perfectly inert beings?
"Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous in Opposition to Sceptics and Atheists" by George Berkeley
There was the sound of something heavy and inert falling with a dull crash upon the floor.
"At the Villa Rose" by A. E. W. Mason
It no longer struggled, but lay inert and without motion.
"Half a Rogue" by Harold MacGrath
It might be thought that the war was to last another half century, from the excessive inertness of both parties.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1600-09, Vol. IV. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
As for Colonel Sheldon, booted, sashed, and helmeted, he sat apathetic and inert in the hall, obstinately refusing to mount his men.
"The Hidden Children" by Robert W. Chambers
She had felt the inert weight of his heavy body and knew that he was beyond helping himself.
"A Texas Ranger" by William MacLeod Raine
He was languid and inert, partly from being confined to the house on days of doubtful character.
"Magnum Bonum" by Charlotte M. Yonge
It seemed as if they were carrying something heavy, something inert or dead.
"I Will Repay" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
For five seconds he strained against the inert mass.
"The Ball and The Cross" by G.K. Chesterton
Hob adjusted the weapon in his inert hand, and told him how and where to strike.
"The Herd Boy and His Hermit" by Charlotte M. Yonge
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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
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
Numb Antony, in the torpor
stretching her inert
sex near him like a sleeping cat,
knows his heart is the real desert.
"Egypt, Tobago" by Derek Walcott
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
Then, if soft concord lull'd their fears to sleep,
Inert and silent slept the manly car,
But rush'd horrific o'er the fearful steep,
If Freedom's awful clarion breathed to war.
"Elegy XXI. Taking a View of the Country From His Retirement" by William Shenstone
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 five men were "self-proclaimed anarchists ," who intended to detonate two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) under the bridge in Sagamore Hills, but had purchased the inert devices from undercover FBI agents, officials said.
A tribute to Burt and Bert that's inert as dirt.
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.
These systems use chemical agents or inert gases to extinguish the fire.
Extractive systems for oxygen measurement in inerting/blanketing applications require a great deal of maintenance.
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.
Additional options include high pressure half-pipe jacket (shown) liquid addition, high-speed lump breakers, automated drum loading and discharging , inert gas purging, and PLC controls.
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.
Possible pipe bomb found in Moller Avenue home was determined to be inert.
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In science:

The inert doublet model, however, may be an exception to that rule.
Electroweak corrections to the direct detection cross section of inert higgs dark matter
In fact, in this model not only can the coupling λ be very small (much smaller than the gauge couplings), but there are one-loop diagrams mediated by the gauge bosons that contribute to σS I which do not depend on λ and are instead entirely determined by the gauge couplings and the masses of the inert particles.
Electroweak corrections to the direct detection cross section of inert higgs dark matter
For that reason, in this paper we compute the dominant electroweak corrections to σS I and we analyze their importance in both the low and the large mass regime of the model. A calculation similar to this was first presented in and later applied to the inert doublet model in .
Electroweak corrections to the direct detection cross section of inert higgs dark matter
It must be emphasized, however, that the model in is not exactly the inert higgs model and that they considered only the regime MDM ≫ MW .
Electroweak corrections to the direct detection cross section of inert higgs dark matter
Since their results can not be directly used for our study, we have calculated these corrections ourselves without making any assumptions on the masses of the inert particles.
Electroweak corrections to the direct detection cross section of inert higgs dark matter
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