• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Indol ĭn"dōl (Chem., Physiol. Chem) A white, crystalline substance, C8H7N, obtained from blue indigo, and almost all indigo derivatives, by a process of reduction; chemically, it is 2,3-benzopyrrole, a bicyclic heterocyclic compound, having a benzene ring fused to a pyrrole ring. It is also formed from proteinaceous matter, together with skatol, by putrefaction, and by fusion with caustic potash, and is present in human excrement, as well as in the intestinal canal of some herbivora. It is produced in rich growth media by the intestinal bacterium Escherichia coli.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The chemicals indole and skatole, which help to account for the particular smell of human feces, are used as ingredients in perfume
    • n indol A crystalline compound, having feeble basic properties, formed artificially in the reduction of indigo-blue by zinc-dust. It is also produced in the putrefaction of albuminoids, but is antiseptic in its effect. It is largely used in an aqueous solution as a test for lignified cell-walls, staining them a bright red.
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  • Thomas C. Haliburton
    Thomas C. Haliburton
    “Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide; for the man is effectually destroyed, though the appetites of the brute may survive.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ind,igo + -ol, of phenol,


In literature:

Wealth and indolence and degeneration.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Fat people are good-tempered, but indolent; thin people, full of life, but irascible.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
The Duke was moderately rich, very able, and very indolent.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
One feels that no language is too strong for this indolent young man.
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
He saunters around the room, that wears the aspect of indolent ease rather than business.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
The kings were, however, weak, cruel, and capricious, ignorant, fierce, and indolent.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
There is also the hindrance of mere indolence, and there is the hindrance arising from absorption in the world and its concerns.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The operation is too formidable for an indolent man, or one that has much other business.
"Mysteries of Bee-keeping Explained" by M. Quinby
Right or wrong, they are taken as a sign of indolence, fatigue, or inattention.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
Despite her indolence, Ardessa was useful to O'Mally as a social reminder.
"A Collection of Stories, Reviews and Essays" by Willa Cather

In poetry:

Or if the Sun in flaming Leo ride,
By shady Rivers indolently stray,
And with my Delia, walking Side by Side,
Hear how they murmur, as they glide away.
"Elegy XIII" by James Hammond
It was a stallion, trampling the skies
To rags of lightning with his glittering shoes.
It was a childish god with lazy eyes,
It was an indolent and reckless Muse.
"The Golden Corpse" by Stephen Vincent Benet
Now the sleek courtier, indolent and vain,
Throned in the splendid carriage, glides supine,
To taint his virtue with a foreign stain,
Or at a favourite board his faith resign.
"Elegy XXI. Taking a View of the Country From His Retirement" by William Shenstone
Behave not there with listless indolence,
But do thy work, whilst life endures, with care:
For cursed is the man, who void of sense
Performs God's work without respect or fear.
"Things, Which A Person Ought To Meditate Upon, On The Lord's-Day," by Rees Prichard
But we through indolence grow weak.
Our warders, fed with power so long,
Become at last our lords indeed.
We vainly threaten, vainly seek
To move their ruth. The bars are strong.
We dash against them till we bleed.
"Lost Liberty" by Robert Fuller Murray
I THINK it better that in times like these
A poet's mouth be silent, for in truth
We have no gift to set a statesman right;
He has had enough of meddling who can please
A young girl in the indolence of her youth,
Or an old man upon a winter's night.
"On Being Asked For A War Poem" by William Butler Yeats

In news:

Cosmic indolence on the cheap.
It is rich in antioxidants, notably indole-3-carbinol (I-3-C), which research indicates may help protect against cancers and heart disease.
When was the last time you felt indolent .
While I spent much of law school covering up indolent underachievement with the good fortune of having a quick tongue and fluent pen, Judge Kravitz pushed and prodded me to think more deeply and explore more thoroughly.
When winter arrives, the famished grasshopper asks for help, only to be rebuked by the ant for his past indolence.
In Aesop's fable, an ant works all summer to gather food and is asked by an indolent grasshopper to share the food in the winter.
Do-nothing legislators hit the re-election trail, demonstrating how federal tax dollars are truly wasted on payouts to the indolent.
The lure of indolence is palpable, Ted 's effusions endearing.

In science:

Nevertheless, it is the main position of this author that such reservations and phobias have to be put aside in the dawn of the new millennium, for in the end they only present inertia to, and create an attitude of pessimism (invariably resulting to indolence) in the development of theoretical physics.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
But indolence phenomenon occurred to aim the position (Settling time). And steady state error recorded around 8 deg.
Heading Lock Maneuver Testing of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle