torpor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n torpor inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy
    • n torpor a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility "he fell into a deep torpor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Torpor Dullness; sluggishness; inactivity; as, a torpor of the mental faculties.
    • Torpor Loss of motion, or of the motion; a state of inactivity with partial or total insensibility; numbness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n torpor Loss of motion or sensibility; numbness or inactivity of mind or body; torpidity; torpidness; dormancy; apathy; stupor: as, the torpor of a hibernating animal; the torpor of intoxication or of grief.
    • n torpor Dullness; sluggishness; apathy; stupidity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Torpor numbness: inactivity: dullness: stupidity
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Quotations

  • William Cobbett
    William Cobbett
    “Nothing is so well calculated to produce a death-like torpor in the country as an extended system of taxation and a great national debt.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., from torpere, to be torpid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. torpidustorpēre.

Usage

In literature:

Felicia emerged from her torpor.
"The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
I was awakened from that absorbing torpor by my poor horse, who was busy licking my ears.
"Travels and Adventures of Monsieur Violet" by Captain Marryat
She did: from that morning till the noon of the next day she remained in a state of torpor.
"The Phantom Ship" by Frederick Marryat
His features gradually composed themselves, and, he sank into torpor.
"Agatha's Husband A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik (AKA: Dinah Maria Mulock)
The heavy chill retained its grasp, the resistless torpor of paralysis crept slowly on, and then complete insensibility.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
With a few rapid passes he roused the mate from his torpor and fixed him with his glittering eye.
"Light Freights, Complete" by W. W. Jacobs
Shake off your torpor and be a man.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
But the doctor's frame lay scarcely more than an hour or two in the torpor of troubled slumbers.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII." by Guy de Maupassant
But the antidote is applied just in time, the torpor and suspense is over, and life renews her activity once more with the fullest vigour.
"Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
The wind had died out and a heavy torpor lay upon the water.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
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In poetry:

Kind Heaven! forbid that ever I
Should sink in golden torpor!
If, living, I may sing, I'll die
Contentedly a pauper.
"A Tusculan Question" by Alfred Austin
A mind that cannot cease to think
Why needs he cherish there?
Torpor may bring relief to pain
And madness to despair.
"A Prisoner in a Dungeon Deep" by Anne Bronte
The soft, white hand, that tenderly
My own hand seemed to woo;
All, all your magic spells were vain,
My torpor to subdue.
"The Resurrection" by Count Giacomo Leopardi
NISIDA.
"Ah! the joy" . . . . (she becomes confused.
But what is this?
Icy torpor coldly fastens
On my hands; the lute drops from me,
And my very breath departeth.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
A creature of impetuous breath,
Our torpor deadlier than death
He knew not; whatsoe'er he saith
Flashes with life:
He spurreth men, he quickeneth
To splendid strife.
"Shelley's Centenary" by William Watson
Yet such a life hath charms--its enterprise,
Its constant animation, and its care,
Gives birth to energy--bids hope arise,
And saves the soul from torpor and despair.
"The Hunter of The Alps" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

The day of Aug 6, 2001, broke in the capital with the steamy torpor of deep summer.
The Comparative Torpor Of The Latin Races.
A detached study of sleepy domestic torpor seizing up into tragic desperation, Christine Jeffs's debut feature, Rain, bears a surface resemblance to The Virgin Suicides and Ratcatcher.
Is it time for a book to rouse architects from their recessionary torpor and chart a new course for their art.
The Comparative Torpor Of The Latin Races .
Fresh franchises take on tentpole torpor.
Fresh franchises take on tentpole torpor .
Rangers Arise From Torpor Too Late to Catch Red Wings.
IT HAS taken a while for Britain's political classes to recover from their post-war torpor, but the row over giving a few hospitals a bit of autonomy in the way they manage their affairs has done the trick.
That means they go into a special physical state called "torpor".
Jeff Cantrell, with the Missouri Department of Conservation, said hummingbirds will go into torpor, where it slows down its metabolism, when it gets into cool weather.
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