• WordNet 3.6
    • adj torpid slow and apathetic "she was fat and inert","a sluggish worker","a mind grown torpid in old age"
    • adj torpid in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation "dormant buds","a hibernating bear","torpid frogs"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Torpid An inferior racing boat, or one who rows in such a boat.
    • Torpid Dull; stupid; sluggish; inactive.
    • Torpid Having lost motion, or the power of exertion and feeling; numb; benumbed; as, a torpid limb. "Without heat all things would be torpid ."
    • Torpid The Lenten rowing races.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • torpid Benumbed; insensible; inactive.
    • torpid Specifically, dormant, as an animal in hibernation or estivation, when it passes its time in sleep: as, a torpid snake.
    • torpid Figuratively, dull; sluggish; apathetic.
    • torpid Pertaining to the torpids, or Lent boat-races at Oxford. See II.
    • n torpid A second-class racing-boat at Oxford, corresponding to the slogger of Cambridge; also, one of the crew of such a boat.
    • n torpid plural The Lent boat-races at Oxford.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Torpid tor′pid stiff, numb: having lost the power of motion and feeling: sluggish, dormant: pertaining to the Torpids, or Lent boat-races, at Oxford
    • n Torpid a second-class racing boat, or one of its crew
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  • Virginia Woolf
    “Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. torpidus, fr. torpere, to be stiff, numb, or torpid; of uncertain origin


In literature:

Bears would be torpid in their snow-covered lairs; but wolves!
"To Win or to Die" by George Manville Fenn
They thought me, owing to my arrest, and my anticipations of its consequences, torpid with fear.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
I believe our Torpid has bumped Keble, and the event is being celebrated.
"The Mark Of Cain" by Andrew Lang
Her brain was almost torpid.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Lennon found Slade lying as torpid as Farley.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
My sleep is torpid, stubborn, accursed, but the dawn is here, and I must soon awake!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, No. 5, May, 1864" by Various
Unconsciously, her somewhat torpid mental powers quickened.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
I lay torpid week after week, and the good soul took care of me and asked no questions.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The strict propriety with which he had been brought up had resulted in weak lungs, poor digestion, sluggish circulation, and torpid liver.
"A Brace Of Boys" by Fitz Hugh Ludlow
To stream and insect and bird it is insensible, torpid, dead.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond

In poetry:

Oh, if these poor and blinded ones
In trustful patience wait to feel
O'er torpid pulse and failing limb
A youthful freshness steal;
"The Cypress-Tree Of Ceylon" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And still with wild and tender art
Your child-love touched my torpid heart,
Gilding the blackness where it fell,
Like sunlight over hell.
"Too Late" by John Hay
Rain, with its many wrinkles, the long rain
With its grey nails, and with its watery mane;
The long rain of these lands of long ago,
The rain, eternal in its torpid flow!
"Rain" by Emile Verhaeren
Disease is but a whip, to scourge design'd,
Not a sharp sword, ordain'd to murder thee,
'Tis a keen goad, to wake the torpid mind,
And not an ax, to fell the growing tree.
"Reasons To Persuade The Sick To Be Patient" by Rees Prichard
What matters it? — their joy or grief e'ermore
Is stilled: they lie between four boards of oak,
Where under grass-grown cover nought has woke
Their torpid dust that feeds oblivion's shore.
"On the Book of Loves of Pierre de Ronsard" by Jose Maria de Heredia y Giraud
Thou world of heat--thou vital source,
The torpid insects feel thy force,
Which all with life supplies;
Gardens and orchards richly bloom,
And send a gale of sweet perfume,
To invite them as they rise.
"On Spring" by George Moses Horton

In news:

Dueling Pollsters Add Heat to Torpid Climate Debate.
AFTER 12 years and three terms, Gov Pataki leaves state government far worse then he found it: Albany is scarred by notorious dysfunction, afflicted with pervasive corruption and marked by a torpidity unprecedented in modern times.
Thrillers and spooky tales provide a particular chill on a torpid evening.

In science:

Borgs, C., Chayes, J. T., Frieze, A. M., Kim, J. H., Tetali, E., Vigoda, E., Vu, V. V., Torpid mixing of some MCMC algorithms in statistical physics, Proceedings of the 40th IEEE Symposium on the Foundations of Computer Science (1999), 218–229. 29.
The Random-Cluster Model
Therefore, the Glauber dynamics is torpid ly mixing.
Inapproximability of the Partition Function for the Antiferromagnetic Ising and Hard-Core Models
The torpid mixing of Glauber dynamics follows then by a conductance argument given in .
Inapproximability of the Partition Function for the Antiferromagnetic Ising and Hard-Core Models