What does inert mean?

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ɪnˈɜrt, ɪˈnɜrtin·ert

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inertadjective

    unable to move or resist motion

  2. inert, indifferent, neutraladjective

    having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive

    "inert matter"; "an indifferent chemical in a reaction"

  3. inert, sluggish, soggy, torpidadjective

    slow and apathetic

    "she was fat and inert"; "a sluggish worker"; "a mind grown torpid in old age"

Wiktionary

  1. inertnoun

    A substance that does not react chemically.

    Etymology: From inerte, from iners.

  2. inertadjective

    unable to move or act; inanimate

    Etymology: From inerte, from iners.

  3. inertadjective

    sluggish or lethargic

    Etymology: From inerte, from iners.

  4. inertadjective

    in chemistry, not readily reacting with other elements or compounds

    Etymology: From inerte, from iners.

  5. inertadjective

    having no therapeutic action

    Etymology: From inerte, from iners.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inertadjective

    destitute of the power of moving itself, or of active resistance to motion; as, matter is inert

  2. Inertadjective

    indisposed to move or act; very slow to act; sluggish; dull; inactive; indolent; lifeless

  3. Inertadjective

    not having or manifesting active properties; not affecting other substances when brought in contact with them; powerless for an expected or desired effect

Freebase

  1. Inert

    In English, to be inert is to be in a state of doing little or nothing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inert

    in-ėrt′, adj. dull: senseless: inactive: slow: without the power of moving itself, or of active resistance to motion: powerless.—n. Iner′tia, inertness: the inherent property of matter by which it tends to remain for ever at rest when still, and in motion when moving.—adv. Inert′ly.—n. Inert′ness. [Fr.,—L. inersin, not, ars, art.]

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  1. Terni

  2. inter

  3. niter

  4. trine

  5. nitre

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inert in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inert in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of inert in a Sentence

  1. Alfred Jarry:

    It is because the public are a mass -- inert, obtuse, and passive -- that they need to be shaken up from time to time so that we can tell from their bear-like grunts where they are -- and also where they stand. They are pretty harmless, in spite of their numbers, because they are fighting against intelligence.

  2. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    Men of genius are often dull and inert in society, as a blazing meteor when it descends to earth, is only a stone.

  3. Police Chief Sam Dotson:

    At at that point, after the crowd ignored repeated requests and directions, inert smoke was used, after that didn't have an effect, tear gas was used.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    The job of journalist, panelist and so-called experts seems to speak together via debate & discussion so much lies seamlessly & shamelessly to convert false into truth; to divert the minds of people from main issues to superfluous or irrelevant news; to insert words of anchors & sponsors into the mouth of people to make & show it as public views and inert the minds of the population of the nation.

  5. Henry Adams:

    Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.

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