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.

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. 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.

  2. P. J. O'Rourke:

    Never fight an inanimate object.

  3. dejan stojanovic:

    Nothing is inanimate; what is the rest is our interpretation.

  4. Bruce Sterling, The Hacker Crackdown:

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

  5. Glenn Lurie:

    Once you’ve told your home when the car is (for instance)within 20 feet of the house to please open the garage door, put the lights on, turn the alarm off, move the thermostat up, you can have those inanimate objects, the home and your car, really taking care of you.

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