• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Indole 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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  • 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:

All looked as if they were tired of life, too indolent to move.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
It was such a day as one dreams about, with that pleasant warmth in the air that makes for indolent content.
"The Pirate of Panama" by William MacLeod Raine
She found Swedes and Norwegians unaffected and hospitable, but sensual and indolent.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
The Capitan China is lazy and silent; Subtu indolent and self-indulgent; Abong Mia and Datu Naraja stupid.
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
Don't you think indolence is one of the greatest sins of the day, Mr.
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
This was refused by the indolent voluptuary; so we parted with coolness, and I was once more adrift in the world.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
But the pioneer was not indolent, in any sense.
"Western Characters" by J. L. McConnel
He was indolent, irresolute, and unable to act; but he could endure.
"The Peasant and the Prince" by Harriet Martineau
The women were not generally handsome; their face was indolent, their dress slovenly, and their manner embarrassed.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
When the gland becomes hard and indolent, it may be rubbed daily with iodin ointment 1 part, vaseline 6 parts.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture

In poetry:

To sit in happy indolence,
To rest upon the oars,
And catch the heavy earthy scents
That blow from summer shores;
"Piscataqua River" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
But now I cast that finer sense
And sorer shame aside;
Such dread of sin was indolence,
Such aim at heaven was pride.
"Sensitiveness" by John Henry Newman
But hark! even now the merry bells ring round
With clamorous joy to welcome in this day,
This consecrated day,
To Mirth and Indolence.
"Ode Written On The First Of January" by Robert Southey
The bulging cloud mounts lazily
In shade where sunlight glances through,
And sweeping lightly from the tree
Melts indolently in the blue.
"The Domain" by John Le Gay Brereton
Such sumptuous languor lures the sense--
Such luxury of indolence--
The eyes blur as a nymph's might blur,
With water-lilies watching her.
"A Southern Singer" by James Whitcomb Riley
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

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