• WordNet 3.6
    • n torpidness inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Torpidness The qualityy or state of being torpid.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n torpidness Torpidity; torpor.
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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:

I stroked the Torpid and rowed three in my College Eight.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
Without light or heat during all that dreary winter, they must freeze stiff like the frogs or become torpid like the bears.
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
Among the very highest animals, the most familiar example of this sort of semi-torpidity is to be found among the bears and the dormice.
"Falling in Love" by Grant Allen
The tenderest heart became torpid and insensible.
"Frederic Shoberl Narrative of the Most Remarkable Events Which Occurred In and Near Leipzig" by Frederic Shoberl (1775-1853)
He broke the profound sleep of the dark ages, and awakened the torpid intellect of the European nations.
"Salem Witchcraft, Volumes I and II" by Charles Upham
When he came back to her she was still cold and torpid.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Then came the last change, and her torpid calm turned into violent excitement.
"Great Possessions" by Mrs. Wilfrid Ward
It is sunk in its torpid liver, and imagines itself superior.
"Hilda" by Sarah Jeanette Duncan
There were we with food enough to stuff the tribe torpid as winter toads.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
These cocoons are inhabited only in winter, when the Gardener is indifferent to food, and lies torpid in the earth.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre

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
The swallows in their torpid state
Compose their useless wing,
And bees in hives as idly wait
The call of early spring.
"To The Rev. Mr. Newton : An Invitation Into The Country" by William Cowper
But now my torpid fancy wakes,
And, on thy Eagle's plume,
Rides forth, like Sindbad on his bird,
Or witch upon her broom!
"On Receiving An Eagle's Quill From Lake Superior" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Rain, with its many wrinkles, the long rain
With its grey nails, and with its watery mane;
The long rain of these lands of long ago,
The rain, eternal in its torpid flow!
"Rain" by Emile Verhaeren
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