inert, sluggish, soggy, torpid

(adjective) slow and apathetic; “she was fat and inert”; “a sluggish worker”; “a mind grown torpid in old age”


(adjective) unable to move or resist motion

inert, indifferent, neutral

(adjective) having only a limited ability to react chemically; chemically inactive; “inert matter”; “an indifferent chemical in a reaction”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



inert (comparative more inert, superlative most inert)

Unable to move or act; inanimate.

In chemistry, not readily reacting with other elements or compounds.

Having no therapeutic action.


• (unable to move or act): dormant, motionless; see also inactive or stationary

• (not readily reacting): unreactive


inert (plural inerts)

(chemistry) A substance that does not react chemically.


inert (third-person singular simple present inerts, present participle inerting, simple past and past participle inerted)

To fill with an inert gas to reduce the risk of explosion.


• Inter, Terni, Tiner, inter, inter-, niter, nitre, riten., terin, trine

Source: Wiktionary

In*ert", a. Etym: [L. iners, inertis, unskilled, idle; pref. in- + ars art: cf. F. inerte. See Art.]

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

2. Indisposed to move or act; very slow to act; sluggish; dull; inactive; indolent; lifeless. The inert and desponding party of the court. Macaulay. It present becomes extravagant, then imbecile, and at length utterly inert. I. Taylor.

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


– Inactive; dull; passive; indolent; sluggish; slothful; lazy; lifeless; irresolute; stupid; senseless; insensible.

– Inert, Inactive, Sluggish. A man may be inactive from mere want of stimulus to effort; but one who is inert has something in his constitution or his habits which operates like a weight holding him back from exertion. Sluggish is still stronger, implying some defect of temperament which directly impedes action. Inert and inactive are negative, sluggish is positive. Even the favored isles . . . Can boast but little virtue; and, inert Through plenty, lose in morals what they gain In manners -- victims of luxurious ease. Cowper. Doomed to lose four months in inactive obscurity. Johnson. Sluggish Idleness, the nurse of sin, Upon a slothful ass he chose to ride. Spenser.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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Coffee Trivia

Raw coffee beans, soaked in water and spices, are chewed like candy in many parts of Africa.

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