What does inanimate mean?

Definitions for inanimate
ɪnˈæn ə mɪtinan·i·mate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inanimateadjective

    belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things

    "the word `car' is inanimate"

  2. inanimate, nonliving, non-livingadjective

    not endowed with life

    "the inorganic world is inanimate"; "inanimate objects"

  3. breathless, inanimate, pulselessadjective

    appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse

    "an inanimate body"; "pulseless and dead"


  1. inanimatenoun

    Something that is not alive.

  2. inanimateadjective

    Lacking the quality or ability of motion; as an inanimate object.

  3. inanimateadjective

    Not being, and never having been alive.

  4. inanimateadjective

    Not animate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Inanimate, Inanimatedadjective

    Void of life; without animation.

    Etymology: inanimatus, Latin; inanimé, French.

    The spirits of animate bodies are all in some degree kindled; but inanimate bodies have their spirits no whit inflamed. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    The golden goddess, present at the pray'r,
    Well knew he meant th' inanimated fair,
    And gave the sign of granting. Dryden.

    All the ideas of sensible qualities are not inherent in the inanimate bodies; but are the effects of their motion upon our nerves. Richard Bentley.

    They can neither subsist nor be produced by the powers of mechanism; for both require the constant influence of a principle different from that which governs the inanimated part of the universe. George Cheyne, Phil. Prin.

    From roofs when Verrio's colours fall,
    And leave inanimate the naked wall,
    Still in thy song should vanquish'd France appear. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Inanimateverb

    To animate; to quicken. This word is not in use.

    Etymology: in and animo, Latin.

    There's a kind of world remaining still,
    Though she which did inanimate and fill
    The world be gone; yet in this last long night
    Her ghost doth walk, that is, a glimmering light. John Donne.


  1. inanimate

    Animation is the interpolation of dissimilar frames over a finite period.


  1. inanimate

    Inanimate refers to something that is not alive, does not have life, or lacks the qualities associated with living organisms, such as movement, growth, reproduction, or responsiveness to stimuli. This term is commonly used to describe objects, places, or concepts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inanimateverb

    to animate

  2. Inanimateadjective

    not animate; destitute of life or spirit; lifeless; dead; inactive; dull; as, stones and earth are inanimate substances

  3. Etymology: [Pref. in- in (or intensively) + animate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inanimate

    -d, in-an′im-āt, -ed, adj. without animation or life: dead: spiritless: dull.—ns. Inan′imateness, Inanimā′tion.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inanimate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inanimate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of inanimate in a Sentence

  1. Adam Waytz:

    In general, humans care about other humans, so when we humanize something inanimate, it makes us care about the thing more, naming things can make them more memorable, easier to recall, and certainly it makes things feel more fluent or easy to process. Given that work shows that easily processed information takes on outsized importance in our minds, it is likely that naming things can give them importance as well.

  2. Joseph de Maistre:

    In the whole vast dome of living nature there reigns an open violence, a kind of prescriptive fury which arms all the creatures to their common doom: as soon as you leave the inanimate kingdom you find the decree of violent death inscribed on the very frontiers of life.

  3. Russell Wayne Baker:

    Inanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categories -- those that don't work, those that break down, and those that get lost.

  4. Bruce Sterling, The Hacker Crackdown:

    Unlike human beings, computers possess the truly profound stupidity of the inanimate.

  5. Erich Fromm:

    The aim of sadism is to transform a man into a thng, something animate into something inanimate, since by complete and absolute control the living loses one essential quality of life-freedom.

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