sloth

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sloth apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)
    • n sloth any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals of South America and Central America; they hang from branches back downward and feed on leaves and fruits
    • n sloth a disinclination to work or exert yourself
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sloth moves so slowly that green algae grows in the grooves of their hair
    • Sloth (Zoöl) Any one of several species of arboreal edentates constituting the family Bradypodidæ, and the suborder Tardigrada. They have long exserted limbs and long prehensile claws. Both jaws are furnished with teeth (see Illust. of Edentata), and the ears and tail are rudimentary. They inhabit South and Central America and Mexico.
    • Sloth Disinclination to action or labor; sluggishness; laziness; idleness. "They] change their course to pleasure, ease, and sloth .""Sloth , like rust, consumes faster than labor wears."
    • Sloth Slowness; tardiness. "These cardinals trifle with me; I abhor
      This dilatory sloth and tricks of Rome."
    • v. i Sloth To be idle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It takes a sloth up to six days to digest the food it eats
    • n sloth Slowness; tardiness.
    • n sloth Disinclination to action or labor; sluggishness; habitual indolence; laziness; idleness.
    • n sloth A company: said of bears.
    • n sloth A South American tardigrade edentate mammal of the family Bradypodidæ: so called from their slow and apparently awkward or clumsy movements. The slowness of their motions on the ground is the necessary consequence of their disproportioned structure, and particularly of the fact that the feet exhibit a conformation resembling that of clubfoot in man—a disposition of the carpal and tarsal joints highly useful in climbing. Sloths live on trees, and never remove from one until they have stripped it of every leaf. They are helpless when on the ground, and seem at home only on trees, suspended beneath the branches, along which they are sometimes observed to travel from tree to tree with considerable celerity. The female produces a single young one at a birth, which she carries about with her until it is able to climb. Sloths are confined to the wooded regions of tropical America, extending northward into Mexico. At least 12 species are described, but the true number is fewer. All have three toes on the hind feet, but some have only two on the fore feet, whence the obvious distinction of three-toed and two-toed sloths (a distinction even more strongly marked in the anatomy of these animals) warranted a division of the family into bradypods (Bradypodinæ) and cholopodines (Cholopodinæ). Most sloths belong to the former group, and these have the general name ai. The best-known of these is the collared three-toed sloth, Bradypus tridactylus or torquatus, with a sort of mane. The unau or two-toed sloth, Cholopus didactylus, inhabits Brazil; it is entirely covered with long coarse woolly hair. (See cut under Cholopus.) A second and quite distinct species of this genus, C. hoffmanni, inhabits Central America. (See Tardigrada, 1.) The name is apparently a translation of the Portuguese word preguiça (Latin pigritia), slowness, slothfulness. See the quotation.
    • n sloth One of the gigantic fossil gravigrade edentates, as a megatherium or mylodon. See cut under Mylodon.
    • n sloth Synonyms Indolence, inertness, torpor, lumpishness. See idle.
    • sloth To be idle or slothful.
    • sloth To delay.
    • n sloth A Middle English form of sleuth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Seven Deadly Sins are lust, pride, anger, envy, sloth, avarice and gluttony.
    • n Sloth slōth or sloth laziness, sluggishness: a sluggish arboreal animal of tropical America, of two genera (Cholœpus, the two-toed sloth, and Bradypus, the three-toed sloth)
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Quotations

  • John Milton
    John%20Milton
    “Thus Belial, with words clothed in reason's garb, counseled ignoble ease, and peaceful sloth, not peace.”
  • William Ellery Channing
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    “Natural amiableness is too often seen in company with sloth, with uselessness, with the vanity of fashionable life.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while the used key is always bright.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “You must avoid sloth, that wicked siren.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Sloth is the key to poverty.”
  • Portuguese Proverb
    Portuguese Proverb
    “A busy mother makes slothful daughters.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slouthe, sleuthe, AS. slw, fr. slāw, slow. See Slow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. slǽwthsláw, slow.

Usage

In literature:

In Thee is no carelessness, neglect, slothfulness, nor caprice.
"Westminster Sermons with a Preface" by Charles Kingsley
Some time ago I saw a sloth clinging, wrong end to, to the top bars of his cage.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
He was an excellent man of affairs, never "slothful in business," but with great practical ability.
"Hugh" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Further, they assert that among us abuses of this kind arise from the leisure and sloth of women.
"Ideal Commonwealths" by Various
I'll leave behind a record unblemished by oversight or sloth.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
Where Science rose, now Sloth and Ignorance Sleep like the huge Behemoth in the sun!
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles, Vol. 1" by William Lisle Bowles
Bath was a rendezvous for the gouty dignitaries of Church and State who had grown swag through sloth and much travel by the gorge route.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
Not a sloth nor armadillo did we see.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
This feeble effort was the last exploit of that slothful and cowardly prince for the defence of his dominions.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part A. From the Britons of Early Times to King John" by David Hume
Behold our faces blackened through thy sloth and folly, O abandoned beast!
"Oriental Encounters" by Marmaduke Pickthall
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In poetry:

Angels of foulness, ye,
So fierce against the dead!
Sloth on your muffled wings,
And speed within your eyes!
"Vultures" by Padraic Colum
"Oh! every clod
Is faint, and falters from the war of growth
And crumbles in a dreary dust of sloth,
Unploughed, untrod.
"Tyranny." by Sidney Lanier
"I will give the Morning Star
To him, the Lord saith, who shall keep
My work unfailing to the end,
Nor ever slothful sleep."
" The Patriot's Birthplace" by Annie Adams Fields
Home of childhood! swell the strain,
While we hail thy gates again!
Why, Aurora, thus delay?
Slothful goddess, give the day!
"Dulce Domum," by Helen Maria Williams
Right wronged, and knowledge wasted;
Wise labour spurned for ease;
The sloth and the sin and the failure;
Did I grow sad for these?
"In the Black Forest" by Amy Levy
Can he whom sloth and loitering please
E'er love his neighbour like his ease?
Or he who feels ambition's flame
Loves he his neighbour like his fame?
Such lazy, or such soaring elves
Can't love their neighbour as themselves.
"The Impossibility Conquered : Or, Love Your Neighbour As Yourself." by Hannah More

In news:

Revenge of the sloth.
According to a new documentary airing on Animal Planet on March 4, sloths are not as lazy as we think.
Videos Tags: animals, sloth .
Sloth sneaks up when we're too busy to notice.
Critic's Picks: Gold from Straw's " Sloth " at Theater on the Square, Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" in Auburn, "Fiddler on the Roof" in the Pantages and Tacoma's 100th Monkey party.
Gold From Straw's premiere of " Sloth ".
So, imagine our surprise — nay, our unbridled glee — when we discovered a sloth name generator.
Kristen told Ellen that her favorite thing in the whole world, the thing that she loves more than anything, are sloths .
Revenge of the sloth .
The world's only sloth orphanage.
Free Beer & Hot Wings – Kristen Bell's Sloth Meltdown.
The gorgeous Kristen Bell has a weird crying meltdown when her boyfriend brings her a sloth for her birthday.
She was telling Ellen, that she loves sloths and has always wanted to see and be around a sloth .
So for her 31st birthday her boyfriend Dax Shepard had a sloth brought to the house as a surprise.
Adding fuel to the sloth fire.
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In science:

Sloth, On the one loop corrections to inflation and the CMB anisotropies, Nucl.
Moment transport equations for non-Gaussianity
Sloth, On the one loop corrections to inflation.
Moment transport equations for non-Gaussianity
This q-loop has been computed by Sloth [51, 52] in the limit where t∗ is long after the mode with wavenumber k ∼ k1 = k2 exited the horizon, and has recently been given in Ref. in the opposite case where t∗ is the horizon-crossing time associated with k .
One-loop corrections to the curvature perturbation from inflation
The loop correction evaluated long after horizon crossing has been computed by Sloth [51, 52] in terms of the variance hδφ2i ≡ R d ln q P (q), which is in principle a infrared divergent quantity and should be cut off at a momentum scale of order the box size, q ∼ ℓ, if P does not vanish as q → 0.
One-loop corrections to the curvature perturbation from inflation
These conclusions are in qualitative agreement with the results of Sloth , who found corrections of O(1) for inflation beginning at the self-reproduction scale.
One-loop corrections to the curvature perturbation from inflation
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