• WordNet 3.6
    • n sluggishness inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy "the general appearance of sluggishness alarmed his friends"
    • n sluggishness the pace of things that move relatively slowly "the sluggishness of the economy","the sluggishness of the compass in the Arctic cold"
    • n sluggishness a state of comatose torpor (as found in sleeping sickness)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sluggishness The state or character of being sluggish, in any sense of that word.
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “There are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking; as there are fruits that are not good until they are rotten.”
  • George Bush
    George Bush
    “We are enjoying sluggish times and not enjoying them very much.”


In literature:

We crept along the plain noiselessly to our camp on the banks of the sluggish waters of the Gombe.
"How I Found Livingstone" by Henry M. Stanley
It was low and the waters that came into the Tennessee flowed more sluggishly.
"The Guns of Shiloh" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The current is slow and sluggish, but irresistible.
"The Long Vacation" by Charlotte M. Yonge
From that time forth the tide of returning life in him stopped sluggishly, as if the locks were set in some ocean-tapping channel.
"The Maid of the Whispering Hills" by Vingie E. Roe
Inhabits rocky shores, and is very sluggish; it does not grow to a very large size.
"Journals Of Expeditions Of Discovery Into Central Australia And Overland" by Edward John Eyre
It is plain to me at luncheon that you have made boil the sluggish blood of that one.
"A Modern Chronicle, Complete" by Winston Churchill
His blood was sluggish, but it could be made to beat faster.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
How tardily and sluggishly the cow-headed goddess who bore the silver orb between her horns rose to-night!
"Arachne, Complete" by Georg Ebers
An excuse often urged in palliation of Hooker's sluggishness, is that he was on Sunday morning severely disabled.
"The Campaign of Chancellorsville" by Theodore A. Dodge
The sluggish river drifted by, almost currentless.
"Following the Equator, Part 6" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

In poetry:

I mixed my words with searing scorn,
And turned and told him plain,
Of how I found him stupid, drugged,
With dull and sluggish brain.
"Arnold Rode Behind" by Roderic Quinn
But sluggishly they seek their end--
They scarcely seem to move;
Yet through the fields and round each bend
Their progress daily prove.
"The Big Bear Creek" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Wake, for shame, my sluggish heart,
Wake, and gladly sing thy part:
Learn of birds, and springs, and flowers,
How to use thy nobler powers.
"Nature's Praise" by John Austin
It is not England that they hear,
But mighty Mammon's pipers, trained
To trumpet out his moods, and stir
His sluggish soul: HER voice is chained:
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
But too, too slow for lovers' haste
The sluggish bark appeared to move;
Still lengthening seemed the watry waste,
To thy fond glances, eager love!
"The Origin of the Sail" by Amelia Opie
A day of torpor in the sullen heat
Of Summer's passion: In the sluggish stream
The panting cattle lave their lazy feet,
With drowsy eyes, and dream.
"August" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

China's economy has struggled in the face of sluggish overseas demand , the first 11 months of the year seeing total trade increase just 5.8 percent.
Rebels still win despite sluggish start.
Harley-Davidson Inc says its first-quarter profit fell 37 percent and expects to cut as many as 400 more jobs as the motorcycle market remains sluggish.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady endured his most difficult practice of training camp on Thursday, looking sluggish on a handful of throws and committing un-Brady-like mistakes.
Grain and soybean futures drifted lower Friday, as investors took a conservative approach ahead of the weekend amid concerns about sluggish export demand for US crops.
When the gate opened, he was sluggish, and jockey Rafael Bejarano had no choice but to let him sit behind the leaders as 9-to-1 shot Fort Larned sped to the lead.
The 2013 profit forecast for insurer UnitedHealth is weighed down by concern over the sluggish economy and potential cuts in government health programs.
Sluggish Electronic Pull Tab Revenue.
Electronic pull tabs in Minnesota is off to a sluggish start about 50% below projections.
While many markets struggle with the sluggish economy, others thrive.
Martin Scorsese 's 'Hugo' overcomes sluggish script, dazzles in 3-D. Contests and Promotions.
Obama Unfazed by the Fiscal Cliff The president isn't afraid of sluggish growth and recession.
WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to a five-week high, evidence that the job market remains sluggish.
Progress on achievement gaps sluggish.
Funding efforts impacted by sluggish economy.

In science:

An m, γ -presluggish point z is called m, γ -sluggish if during the first 3a′m2 log m excursions of the SRW from ∂D(z , rηm−1 ) to ∂D(z , rηm ), it visits z less than 4α(log rm )2 /π times, an event we denote hereafter by bLz ,m,η (α).
How large a disc is covered by a random walk in n steps?
Consequently, in view of (6.4) and (6.5), any m, γ -sluggish point in D(y , rγm−2 ) is visited by the SRW less than 4α(log rm )2 /π times during its first nβm (a) excursions from ∂D(y , rγm−1 ) to ∂D(y , rγm ).
How large a disc is covered by a random walk in n steps?
We thus complete the proof of Lemma 6.1 by showing that uniformly in y ∈ Bm,1 , with probability 1 − o(1m ) there exists an m, γ -sluggish point in any maximal set Zηm (y) of 4rηm -separated points in D(y , rγm−2 ).
How large a disc is covered by a random walk in n steps?
We first show that an m, γ -presluggish point is with very high probability also m, γ -sluggish.
How large a disc is covered by a random walk in n steps?
That is, first note that the probability that z is m, γ -sluggish depends on z /∈ D(0, bρ) only via the distribution of the SRW upon first hitting ∂D(z , bρ).
How large a disc is covered by a random walk in n steps?