• WordNet 3.6
    • n stagnation a state of inactivity (in business or art etc) "economic growth of less than 1% per year is considered to be economic stagnation"
    • n stagnation inactivity of liquids; being stagnant; standing still; without current or circulation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stagnation The cessation of action, or of brisk action; the state of being dull; as, the stagnation of business.
    • Stagnation The condition of being stagnant; cessation of flowing or circulation, as of a fluid; the state of being motionless; as, the stagnation of the blood; the stagnation of water or air; the stagnation of vapors.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stagnation The condition of being stagnant; the cessation of flow or circulation in a fluid; the state of being without flow, or of being motionless.
    • n stagnation Lack or absence of briskness or activity; inertness; dullness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stagnation act of stagnating: state of being stagnant or motionless: dullness
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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
Cf. F. stagnation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. stagnans, -antis, pr.p. of stagnāre.


In literature:

Where such a teacher is, there can be no dead language, no dry bones of history, and no stagnation in the stream of life.
"The Vitalized School" by Francis B. Pearson
Had it not been so, they might all have stayed home and stagnated.
"The Sport of the Gods" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
It was inevitable that stagnation of commerce should have ensued, but the traders by this time no longer dared to complain openly.
"South America" by W. H. Koebel
Why, it is freedom against slavery, fire against clay, movement against stagnation!
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
The stagnation within was fully credited, but the current was without.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
Continuity, an absolute lack of change, means stagnation and death in the mental as well as in the physical world.
"Russian Rambles" by Isabel F. Hapgood
It is in the quiet neighborhood that man stagnates.
"Coffee and Repartee" by John Kendrick Bangs
There is a complete stagnation of industry.
"With Our Soldiers in France" by Sherwood Eddy
As for herself, for her interests and her delights, they stagnated amongst them all.
"Vera Nevill" by Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
And so to her, routine could never prove a clog, stagnation.
"Sunny Slopes" by Ethel Hueston

In poetry:

And sang the joy that a noble boy
Brings to a father's soul,
Who lets the wine as a mocker shine
Stagnated in the bowl.
"Job Work" by James Whitcomb Riley
"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
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:

NY faces cost of living increase as incomes stagnate.
The National Weather Service has issued an air stagnation advisory for Whitman, Spokane, Adams, Grant and Lincoln counties, and populated areas of Garfield and Asotin counties until 5 pm Tuesday.
The recession is no longer an excuse for career stagnation.
The incomes of the richest households have begun to grow again while the incomes of those at the bottom and middle continue to stagnate.
As earnings for lower- and middle-income households started to stagnate in the 1970s, people began using their homes as a source of wealth.
The income gap between the rich and everyone else is large and getting larger, while middle-class incomes stagnate.
Millions of jobless Americans are still struggling to find work as the unemployment rate stagnates around 7.9.
After stagnating in 2009, e-commerce sales rebounded 10% for Build-A-Bear Inc in 2010.
What Biden and Ryan should debate: Stagnation to 2018.
The IMF's chief economist warned Friday that the global economy was likely to stagnate until 2018.
Hollande Changes Ways to Fight Stagnation .
Schulz's Wager: Great Stagnation or Leap Forward.
The real estate industry in Las Vegas has another 18 months of stagnation before things start to turn around, a former Hughes Corp. Executive said Wednesday at The Orleans.
The euro zone's new recession will extend until the end of the year and 2013 promises little better than stagnation , a Reuters poll of more than 70 economists showed on Thursday.

In science:

Maximum values for the density, pressure, and temperature occur at the stagnation point, a mathematical singularity which occurs where the contact discontinuity intercepts the line between the centers of the stars.
X-ray and radio emission from colliding stellar winds
If the pressure increase towards the stagnation point is not sufficiently gradual, then the boundary layer can separate from the surface of the wing before the trailing edge.
Explanation and discovery in aerodynamics
This occurs because the velocities inside the boundary layer are already smaller than those outside, hence they can reach zero before the aft stagnation point.
Explanation and discovery in aerodynamics
Regions of dense gas form at the stagnation point of two convergent flows (Padoan et al. 2001), although such a transient structure often disperses when the flows fade.
Cold Dark Clouds: The Initial Conditions for Star Formation
After a period of stagnation, this approach has been revived under the name of loop quantum gravity and it is currently the most elaborate non-perturbative (background-independent) program in quantum gravity (see C.
Non-Commutative Geometry, Categories and Quantum Physics