• WordNet 3.6
    • adj inanimate appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse "an inanimate body","pulseless and dead"
    • adj inanimate not endowed with life "the inorganic world is inanimate","inanimate objects"
    • adj inanimate belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things "the word `car' is inanimate"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Inanimate Not animate; destitute of life or spirit; lifeless; dead; inactive; dull; as, stones and earth are inanimate substances. "Grieving, if aught inanimate e'er grieves."
    • v. t Inanimate To animate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inanimate To infuse life or vigor into; animate; quicken.
    • inanimate Not animate; having lost life or vital force: as, the inanimate body of a man.
    • inanimate Not animated; without vivacity or briskness; spiritless; inactive; sluggish; dull: as, inanimate movements; inanimate conversation.
    • inanimate Synonyms Dead, lifeless, inert, soulless, spiritless.
    • inanimate In grammar, denoting inanimate things: applied to a phase of ‘gender’ distinction.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inanimate in-an′im-āt without animation or life: dead: spiritless: dull
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  • William Dean Howells
    William Dean Howells
    “The mortality of all inanimate things is terrible to me, but that of books most of all.”
  • Russell (Wayne) Baker
    Russell (Wayne) Baker
    “The goal of all inanimate objects is to resist man and ultimately defeat him.”
  • Russell (Wayne) Baker
    Russell (Wayne) Baker
    “Inanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categories -- those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inanimatus,; pref. in-, not + animatus, animate


In literature:

Like a true child, he almost ignored the distinction between the animate and inanimate.
"Varied Types" by G. K. Chesterton
They believed that sympathy was a miraculous principle, and that it reigned in irrational and inanimate things.
"The Christian Home" by Samuel Philips
She was no more than a black, inanimate heap of rags piled against the door-jamb.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
As to herbs and trees, and inanimate things generally, I am altogether in doubt what to think.
"The Consolation of Philosophy" by Boethius
We started with the lowest form of life, an inanimate nut.
"The Children's Six Minutes" by Bruce S. Wright
These are even frequently applied to inanimate objects.
"Historical View of the Languages and Literature of the Slavic Nations" by Therese Albertine Louise von Jacob Robinson
The curtains were half drawn, and in their shadow his imagination laid again that cold, inanimate form.
"Audrey" by Mary Johnston
Somehow he reached the window, stumbled through it, and dragged the inanimate body after him.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine
This procedure is well enough in the case of inanimate bricks, but it is far from well enough in the case of animate, sentient human beings.
"The Reconstructed School" by Francis B. Pearson
I believe most firmly in the magic power of inanimate objects!
"The House in Good Taste" by Elsie de Wolfe

In poetry:

Most fitly I'm assimilate
To various things inanimate;
A standing lake, a running flood,
A fixed star, a passing cloud.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
'Like a dream it seem'd passing away:--
I hurried me onward to meet,
And clasp the inanimate clay,
When senseless I sunk at his feet.
"The Old Fisherman" by Matilda Betham
What stranger hands will tend
The nameless treasures I must leave behind,—
My flowers, my birds, and each inanimate friend,
Linked closer than my kind.
"A Farewell" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Before anything had a soul,
While life was a heave of Matter, half inanimate,
This little bit chipped off in brilliance
And went whizzing through the slow, vast, succulent stems.
"Humming-Bird" by D H Lawrence
I look'd towards the clear blue sky,
I saw the gem-like stream run by;
How did I wish that, like these, fate
Had made the heart inanimate.
Oh! why should spring for others be,
When there can come no spring to thee.
"The Troubadour. Canto 3" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon

In news:

47 percent of Americans admitted to talking to this inanimate object.
Ahh, smartphones are inanimate objects.
CORPUS CHRISTI — To raise money for an MRI technologist injured in a motorcycle accident, a local imaging company is offering to X-ray inanimate objects and family photos Saturday at its Calallen office for a donation.
But it turns out they've also pretended to beat up a lot of inanimate objects too.
Yes, my car had some nice dings from curb romping and paint scratches from poles that I swear weren't there five seconds before, but that's different from hitting inanimate objects.
How interesting and easy it would be to capture the essence of the past, if we could persuade inanimate objects to reveal the actions preformed in their presence.
Meet Luscious , a Canadian Suicide Girl who says she enjoys long runs in her city and running inanimate objects over with her car.
That the creative artist can bring life to inanimate objects was a central conviction of the Romantic poets.
It's not that you talk to an inanimate object that has us cracking up, it's what you ask her.
Many people don't understand how anyone can become attached to an inanimate object, like a motorcycle, but it does happen.
When people think of museum exhibits, they usually picture lots of inanimate artifacts.
Many business owners regularly talk to inanimate objects.
Since when do inanimate objects suffer identity crises.
The way inanimate objects come to life in nature is through an interplay with the sunlight, shadows and weather conditions that move across them.
The most well-known haunted inanimate objects usually take the form of statues , most likely because statues are human in form.

In science:

Persisting in “main stream” one can successfully use the analogy of the twins in an education process and conclude e.g. with “If a baby, having more experience with its parents than with “inanimate” matter, could make experiments, the behavior of microparticles would appear to it to be very natural”.
Bell's theorem, entanglement, and common sense
But Newton also agreed that it is ‘inconceivable that inanimate brute matter should, without the mediation of something else which is not material, operate upon and affect other matter without mutual contact’; so that he ‘contrived no hypotheses’ about ‘the reason for these properties of gravity’.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
Similarly Wigner proposes that inanimate or unconscious matter evolves deterministically according to the quantum mechanical evolution operator and when consciousness operates on inanimate matter, the result is the familiar pro jection process of measurement.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
Most importantly, its vital role in the science of information technology persuades us to turn to this enveloping science for any mechanisms beyond the limits of physico-chemical principles that could have helped bridge the gap from inanimate matter to life.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
Self-ordering phenomena (Nicolis and Prigogine 1977) show how spontaneous order can emerge from inanimate matter, leading to connected components (confined).
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life