What does inert mean?

Definitions for inertɪnˈɜrt, ɪˈnɜrt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word inert.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. inert(adj)

    unable to move or resist motion

  2. inert, indifferent, neutral(adj)

    having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive

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

  3. inert, sluggish, soggy, torpid(adj)

    slow and apathetic

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


  1. inert(Noun)

    A substance that does not react chemically.

  2. inert(Adjective)

    unable to move or act; inanimate

  3. inert(Adjective)

    sluggish or lethargic

  4. inert(Adjective)

    in chemistry, not readily reacting with other elements or compounds

  5. inert(Adjective)

    having no therapeutic action

  6. Origin: From inerte, from iners.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inert(adj)

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

  2. Inert(adj)

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

  3. Inert(adj)

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


  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.]

Anagrams for inert »

  1. Terni

  2. inter

  3. niter

  4. trine

  5. nitre


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Henry Adams:

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

  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. Longfellow:

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

  4. 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.

  5. Micheal Austin:

    It is also the first electric vehicle with an entirely environmentally stable and inert battery chemistry, there are no heavy metals or caustic materials used in the manufacturing of the BYD iron-phosphate battery.

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