torpidly

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adv torpidly in a daze; in a dazed manner "he wondered dazedly whether the term after next at his new school wouldn't matter so much"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Torpidly In a torpid manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • torpidly In a torpid manner; in consequence of numbness, insensibility, or apathy; sluggishly; slowly; stupidly.
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Quotations

  • Virginia Woolf
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    “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
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    “The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine.”

Usage

In literature:

I also suffered from indigestion, torpidity of the liver, and constipation of the bowels.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
It was the sight of these two worthies that spurred Mr. Gibney's torpid brain to action.
"Captain Scraggs" by Peter B. Kyne
Professor Smawl ate heavily and retired to her tent to lie torpid until evening.
"In Search of the Unknown" by Robert W. Chambers
Then to-morrow morning, when they are all torpid, kill them and make collections of them.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume III. (of X.)" by Various
No description can do justice to the intensity of its insolence; it made even Mr. Fullarton's torpid blood boil resentfully.
"Sword and Gown" by George A. Lawrence
They become torpid, refuse to eat, and consequently die.
"Scientific American, Volume XXIV., No. 12, March 18, 1871" by Various
A finger of fire had been laid upon his somewhat torpid flesh and blood.
"A Maker of History" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
They pass the winter in a torpid state, but make up for it by their activity in the summer months.
"Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon" by Robert A. Sterndale
Sorrow would assert itself by and by; but now he felt dull and torpid.
"Cobwebs and Cables" by Hesba Stretton
It got real cold in the middle of the night and the gnats became too torpid to move.
"Bob Hunt in Canada" by George W. Orton
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In poetry:

Even as a torpid brooklet,
That to the night-gleaming moon
Flashed in turn the frozen glances,
Melts upon the breast of noon.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
Oh, if these poor and blinded ones
In trustful patience wait to feel
O'er torpid pulse and failing limb
A youthful freshness steal;
"The Cypress-Tree Of Ceylon" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And still with wild and tender art
Your child-love touched my torpid heart,
Gilding the blackness where it fell,
Like sunlight over hell.
"Too Late" by John Hay
"But now it is torpid and dormant
And painless and quiet and cold;
Ah, me! all’s so peaceful an’ quiet
Since Grandfather’s liver ’s grown old!
"A Pastoral" by Ellis Parker Butler
"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
Does the fond MUSE delight to dwell,
Where freezing Penance spreads its shade ?
When scarce the Sun's warm beams pervade The hoary HERMIT'S dreary cell?
Ah! no­THERE, Superstition blind,
With torpid languor chills the mind.
"Stanzas Written under an Oak in Windsor Forest" by Mary Darby Robinson

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.
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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
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