• WordNet 3.6
    • n torpidity inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy
    • n torpidity a state of motor and mental inactivity with a partial suspension of sensibility "he fell into a deep torpor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Torpidity Same as Torpidness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n torpidity Insensibility; numbness; torpor; apathy.
    • n torpidity In zoology, a dormant state in which no food is taken; the condition of an animal in hibernation or estivation, when it passes its time in the winter or summer sleep; dormancy.
    • n torpidity Dullness; sluggishness; stupidity.
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  • Virginia Woolf
    “Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine.”


In literature:

A dull torpid feeling came over him, and after a time he again lost consciousness.
"A Final Reckoning" by G. A. Henty
Doubtless they do so, and reasonably, where the writer is pursuing the torpid current of circumstantial domestic annals.
"The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2" by Thomas de Quincey
How my long torpid bosom bounds at the thought!
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
It brings back lost hair by giving life and vigor to the torpid or paralyzed scalp nerves.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
It renders me quite torpid.
"Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica" by James Boswell
It seemed to be always in a languid or torpid condition.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson
It was a warm day, and a torpid peace began to settle down on the carriage.
"Love Among the Chickens" by P. G. Wodehouse
Davao was torpid under the noonday heat.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
The extraordinary torpidity of the surrounding objects gradually affected the persons.
"The Nabob, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Alphonse Daudet
The canal was rather slow and torpid; that must be admitted.
"The Cricket on the Hearth" by Charles Dickens

In poetry:

"Oh! if my Soverign Author please,
Far be it from my fate,
To live unblest in torpid ease,
And slumber on in state;
"Addressed To Miss Macartney, Afterwards Mrs. Greville, On Reading The Prayer For Indifference" by William Cowper
"Pale, wan, and torpid, droops that cheek,
Whereon thy lip impress'd its red;
Those eyes, which Florio taught to speak,
Unnotic'd close amid the dead!"
"To The Tomb Of A Friend" by Sir John Carr
Disease is but a whip, to scourge design'd,
Not a sharp sword, ordain'd to murder thee,
'Tis a keen goad, to wake the torpid mind,
And not an ax, to fell the growing tree.
"Reasons To Persuade The Sick To Be Patient" by Rees Prichard
What matters it? — their joy or grief e'ermore
Is stilled: they lie between four boards of oak,
Where under grass-grown cover nought has woke
Their torpid dust that feeds oblivion's shore.
"On the Book of Loves of Pierre de Ronsard" by Jose Maria de Heredia y Giraud
Flaps from the leaden wave in fierce rejoicing,
Feels heaven's dumb lightning thrill his torpid nerves,
Now on the blast his whistling plumage poising,
Now wheeling, whirling in fantastic curves.
"My Aviary" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thou world of heat--thou vital source,
The torpid insects feel thy force,
Which all with life supplies;
Gardens and orchards richly bloom,
And send a gale of sweet perfume,
To invite them as they rise.
"On Spring" by George Moses Horton

In news:

Dueling Pollsters Add Heat to Torpid Climate Debate.
AFTER 12 years and three terms, Gov Pataki leaves state government far worse then he found it: Albany is scarred by notorious dysfunction, afflicted with pervasive corruption and marked by a torpidity unprecedented in modern times.
Thrillers and spooky tales provide a particular chill on a torpid evening.

In science:

Borgs, C., Chayes, J. T., Frieze, A. M., Kim, J. H., Tetali, E., Vigoda, E., Vu, V. V., Torpid mixing of some MCMC algorithms in statistical physics, Proceedings of the 40th IEEE Symposium on the Foundations of Computer Science (1999), 218–229. 29.
The Random-Cluster Model
Therefore, the Glauber dynamics is torpid ly mixing.
Inapproximability of the Partition Function for the Antiferromagnetic Ising and Hard-Core Models
The torpid mixing of Glauber dynamics follows then by a conductance argument given in .
Inapproximability of the Partition Function for the Antiferromagnetic Ising and Hard-Core Models