The snake had recently eaten and lay inert in the grass.
The audience sat inert and unmoved by her speech.
Even when seemingly cured, a patient can have some HIV virus hiding out in the body, remaining inert for years, until it flares up again to cause disease.
Employees seem inert and unresponsive. Nobody is solving customer problems.
She considers our political system inert and calls for violent revolution as the path to change.
Her inert body still had a beating heart.
His daughter, Betty Parris, aged ten, is lying on the bed, inert.
Arthur Miller -- The Crucible
I look down at Beetee’s inert body.
Suzanne Collins -- Catching Fire
Even then I kept seeing the soldier’s body tumbling toward the water, splashing down hard, how inert and heavy it was, how completely dead.
Tim O’Brien -- The Things They Carried
Edmond shuddered when he heard the painful efforts which the old man made to drag himself along; his leg was inert, and he could no longer make use of one arm.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
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She had never seen Marilla sit limply inert like that.
Lucy Maud Montgomery -- Anne Of Green Gables
Father! Wake up. They’re trying to throw you out of the carriage…. His body remained inert.
Elie Wiesel -- Night
Unable to find anything more suitable, the four of them were transporting the wounded camerlegno on a narrow table, balancing the inert body between them as though on a stretcher.
Dan Brown -- Angels & Demons
With his face in his hands ..., Zooey sat at Seymour’s old desk, inert, but not asleep, for a good twenty minutes.
J.D. Salinger -- Franny and Zooey
He pulled himself along the hot sand on his knees for a time, but in the end he lay stretched out in the vastness of those pale dunes as birds of prey circled over his inert body.
Isabel Allende -- The House of Spirits
But Betty collapses in her hands and lies inert on the bed.
Arthur Miller -- The Crucible
Instead, he kept swinging his massive horns at Luke’s inert figure, then suddenly lunged forward atop Luke’s body, where he began to buck again.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Longest Ride
I felt all was well again, or at least as well as it had been during that last month, which I see now was a period of the most agreeable passivity, an inert state that neither of us—being alike in many ways— was willing to disturb.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
I am careful and accurate, but I have drawn a person-shaped bottle, inert and without life.
Margaret Atwood -- Cat’s Eye
The sputtering noises abruptly ceased, and the stout body went limp, lying inert as a sack of barley on the stone flags.
Diana Gabaldon -- Outlander
The Red Sea lay beyond, inert, the whole thing doomed.
Dave Eggers -- A Hologram for the King
Clumsily I grappled around in the wreckage—upending dusty kiddie purses and day packs, snatching my hands back at hot things and shards of broken glass, more and more troubled by the way the rubble gave under my feet in spots, and by the soft, inert lumps at the edge of my vision.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
The robot still sat there, completely inert.
Douglas Adams -- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
But I fired four shots more into the inert body, on which they left no visible trace.
Albert Camus -- The Stranger
Together Armstrong and Lombard had carried the inert body of Anthony Marston to his bedroom and had laid him there covered over with a sheet.
Agatha Christie -- And Then There Were None
For the first time in his life he did not despise the proles or think of them merely as an inert force which would one day spring to life and regenerate the world.
George Orwell -- 1984
As it sank he became less and less frenzied, and just as it dipped he slid from the hands that held him, an inert mass, on the floor.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
I sprang to my feet, my inert hand grasping my pistol, my mind paralyzed by the dreadful shape which had sprung out upon us from the shadows of the fog.
Arthur Conan Doyle -- The Hound of the Baskervilles
Even within the five-mile circle the great majority of people were inert.
H.G. Wells -- The War of the Worlds
The weird contrast between the bright, striped, living orange of his coat and the inert white of the boat’s hull was incredibly compelling.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
Only this time it was no longer an inert body, without feeling, that the villain had to deal with.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
Ian hauled his inert brother around one side of the pillar, dragging him in jerks, a foot at a time.
Stephenie Meyer -- The Host
Countless plants withered and crumbled and became inert as dust.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
I remain inert.
Sara Gruen -- Water for Elephants
His heart was hammering again in aching terror as he hurtled upward and downward through the blind gangs of flak charging murderously into the sky at him, then sagging inertly.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
Billy and the Maori dug into the inert, unpromising gravel of the moon.
Kurt Vonnegut -- Slaughterhouse-Five
They alone moved through the vast inertness.
Jack London -- White Fang
The scaffold is not a piece of carpentry; the scaffold is not a machine; the scaffold is not an inert bit of mechanism constructed of wood, iron and cords.
Victor Hugo -- Les Miserables
If he is industrious he may seek help from a commentary, but what he finds there is likely to be so much academic lumber that lies inertly in the mind.
Homer -- The Odyssey
Abel maneuvered his flashlight beam across a heap of inert, silent fish.
David Guterson -- Snow Falling on Cedars
To his right, his son, Draco, who had been gazing up at the inert body overhead, glanced quickly at Voldemort and away again, terrified to make eye contact.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
I was no longer an inert mass, and I had, comparatively speaking, great freedom of movement.
Jules Verne -- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Marguerite sat, straight upright, rigid and inert, trying to think, trying to face the situation, to realise what had best be done.
Baroness Orczy -- The Scarlet Pimpernel
Standing with arm inert, Deukalion waited, seeing death before him.
Homer -- The Iliad
Usually I’m inert.
Margaret Atwood -- The Handmaid’s Tale
I strained, fighting against Jacob’s inert strength.
Stephenie Meyer -- Eclipse
Lastly, I saw Mr. Mason was submissive to Mr. Rochester; that the impetuous will of the latter held complete sway over the inertness of the former: the few words which had passed between them assured me of this.
Charlotte Bronte -- Jane Eyre
It was not flattery that he wanted, she had seen him listening to the obsequious compliments of liars, listening with a look of resentful inertness-almost the look of a drug addict at a dose inadequate to rouse him.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
II It was a damp April day, with long diagonal clouds over the Albishorn and water inert in the low places.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Tender is the Night
Pa leans above the bed in the twilight, his humped silhouette partaking of that owl-like quality of awry-feathered, disgruntled outrage within which lurks a wisdom too profound or too inert for even thought.