• WordNet 3.6
    • v stagnate be idle; exist in a changeless situation "The old man sat and stagnated on his porch","He slugged in bed all morning"
    • v stagnate cease to flow; stand without moving "Stagnating waters","blood stagnates in the capillaries"
    • v stagnate cause to stagnate "There are marshes that stagnate the waters"
    • v stagnate stand still "Industry will stagnate if we do not stimulate our economy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Stagnate Stagnant. "A stagnate mass of vapors."
    • Stagnate To cease to be brisk or active; to become dull or inactive; as, commerce stagnates; business stagnates . "Ready-witted tenderness . . . never stagnates in vain lamentations while there is any room for hope."
    • Stagnate To cease to flow; to be motionless; as, blood stagnates in the veins of an animal; hence, to become impure or foul by want of motion; as, air stagnates in a close room.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • stagnate To cease to run or flow; be or become motionless; have no current.
    • stagnate To cease to be brisk or active; become dull, inactive, or inert: as, business stagnates.
    • stagnate Stagnant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Stagnate to cease to flow: to become dull or motionless
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  • T. S. Eliot
    “I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Like swift water an active mind never stagnates.”
  • Sidney J. Harris
    “The greatest enemy of progress is not stagnation, but false progress.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. stagnatus, p. p. of stagnare, to stagnate, make stagnant, from stagnum, a piece of standing water. See Stank a pool, and cf. Stanch (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. stagnans, -antis, pr.p. of stagnāre.


In literature:

A general stagnation of trade, which threw him out of employment, checked his aspirations in learning.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume II." by Various
Yet up from the stagnating depths of his brooding would come an occasional bubble of inspiration.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
Is n't it the spiritual stagnation that comes with wealth and aristocracy?
"The Mayor of Warwick" by Herbert M. Hopkins
Yet, why should that stagnate you?
"Krindlesyke" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
Take selfishness out of the world and the world will stagnate and rot.
"The Short Cut" by Jackson Gregory
It's great fun and keeps us from stagnating.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Muscular stagnation means organic stagnation, to a very large degree.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
Far from the prehistoric age being a time of stagnation, it was rather a time of ceaseless movement.
"The Sea-Kings of Crete" by James Baikie
The whole interval was marked by a stagnation of fearful character.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
If his lines do not stagnate, they foam and fret like a mountain brook, instead of flowing continuously and majestically like a great river.
"Alexander Pope" by Leslie Stephen

In poetry:

"Glideth one through greenest valleys,
Kissing them with lips still sweet;
One, mad roaring down the mountains,
Stagnates at their feet.
"What The Voice Said" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The stealing tear-drop stagnates in the eye,
The sudden sigh by friendship's bosom proved,
I mark them rise—I mark the general sigh!
Unhappy youth! and wert thou so beloved?
"Elegy Occasioned" by Henry Kirke White
I rested, with one hesitant hand
Upon the gate. The lonesome day,
Droning with insects, made the land
One dry stagnation; soaked with hay
And scents of weeds, the hot wind fanned.
"A Flower Of The Fields" by Madison Julius Cawein
She started back; she look'd around,
The Goatherd Swain was sleeping;
A stagnate paleness mark'd her cheek,
She would have call'd, but could not speak,
While, through the lattice peeping.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
What do you wish to say to me O Lost?
(And the trees darken and the houses dwindle)
Stagnation entered my brain and the leaves are twisted with death
I have been blighted by an early frost.
"Pilgrimage (for Lewis Mumford)" by Marya Zaturenska
Thou, whom we once thought wise, and great, and good —
Peace, such as thou did'st wish to all, abide
With thee — a despot's peace. So let the flood
Of memory stagnate round thee, like the tide
That washes Taganrok from Azof's shallowest side.
"On The Death Of Alexander, Emperor Of The Russias, At Taganrok" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

In news:

That doesn't make multiculturalism comfortable, but without new ideas, music, and tastes, humanity would stagnate.
Uncle Sam's current path guarantees economic stagnation.
We're in for a long period of stagnation.
While the traditional publishing industry is stagnating, self- publishing is booming—growing by some 30 percent each year.
Can 'pollinators' save companies from stagnation .
Obama administration's energy stagnation .
Innovation stagnation is slowing US progress.
What came first, income stagnation or inequality.
Global stagnation to continue in home video entertainment.
I had the great pleasure of reading The Great Stagnation late last week.
Bach supporters are many, despite stagnation .
Economic stagnation threatens the social order.
Middle class stagnation hurts all Oregonians.
Poised between a Japan-like depression and inflation and stagnation , a careful course is necessary to correct the economy.
Santa Monica Homelessness Plan Balances Progress With Stagnation .

In science:

In the models with a homogeneous star distribution, the position of the singular point is fixed at r = RSC but the stagnation point may move from the center due to catastrophic cooling.
The Steady State Wind Model for Young Stellar Clusters with an Exponential Stellar Density Distribution
Thus the definition of the threshold mechanical luminosity as the mechanical luminosity above which the stagnation point moves from the star cluster center and the central zone becomes thermally unstable does not occur in models with an exponential stellar mass distribution.
The Steady State Wind Model for Young Stellar Clusters with an Exponential Stellar Density Distribution
Therefore the stagnation region of the bow shock is non-radiative.
The X-ray Luminosities of HH Objects
The analysis of the former shows the existence of a stagnation distance after which monotonous energy transfer begins from one electromagnetic wave to the other and this quantity is calculated.
A simple theory for the Raman spike
We will show that nevertheless our analytical description of the Raman spike formation reproduces the stagnation effect and yields an approximate formula for the spike width.
A simple theory for the Raman spike