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stagnant water
  not circulating or flowing
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stagnant stagnancy
Strongly Associated with:   stagnate
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  • stagnant water
  • A stagnant bilge along the lower bulkhead filled with wet papers and trash.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • The water is stagnant and foul-smelling.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • The ridiculous name echoed in the cold, stagnant air.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea

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  • After a long walk and several Y-shaped tunnel splits, the pigeon led us to a disused section of track where the ties had warped and rotted and pools of stagnant water spanned the floor.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • One hot summer day I was meandering aimlessly beside a little local creek when I came upon a stagnant pool.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Everything became a blur around me as I pulled in great lungfuls of the damp, stagnant, city air.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Inside, the air was stagnant and thick with the smell of body odor.
    Pam Munoz Ryan  --  Esperanza Rising
  • Sadly, no one had considered the hazards that might result from stagnant water in the pipes.
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • A bloodred flamingo holds its black-tipped beak over stagnant water.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See

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  • But now, being with them in the Domain, which in every way was their resort, and being admitted so easily to their life, their world of bungalows and air conditioners and holiday ease, catching in their educated talk the names of famous cities, I swung the other way and began to see how shut in and shabby and stagnant we in the town would have seemed to them.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Taking their place in the camp, now Judenrein, would be the Aryans, tattooed for identification—slaves dying by stagnant slow degrees their other kind of death.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The stagnant air was sodden with the smells of sweat and wood varnish.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Uncomfortably I stood in the stagnant, antique-crowded gloom, not knowing what to say.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • We stayed the same, stagnant in our own bodies.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Beneath the algae was stagnant, yellow water.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • A trumpet call, clear and beautiful, floated into the stagnant air.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • On the green Sound, stagnant in the heat, one small sail crawled slowly toward the fresher sea.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • A cooling northerly breeze rolled over the foothills east of Atlanta, displacing the wet, stagnant air of summer.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • The wind ceased its lapping of stagnant water against the shores of the lake, and there was quiet.
    Rudolfo Anaya  --  Bless Me, Ultima
  • There was nothing inside but a few inches of stagnant rain water.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The kennel was stagnant and filthy.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • The planet’s surface was blurred by time, by the slow movement of the thin stagnant air that had crept across it for century upon century.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • There started up, from the gate, or from the rushes, or from the ooze (which was quite in his stagnant way), Old Orlick.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • A peculiar stagnant smell hung over the anchorage—a smell of sodden leaves and rotting tree trunks.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Treasure Island
  • Lurking by a stagnant mere, peering in the water as the dark eve fell, I caught him, Gollum.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The hole was used for dumping, and after a rain it stank with stagnant water.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Tumultuous and stagnant gulf.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • It was difficult to realise as we looked at the line of fine shops and stately business premises that they really abutted on the other side upon the faded and stagnant square which we had just quitted.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • ’For a time my brain went stagnant.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • When I came to myself I explained to them the danger of approaching any cavern or other place where the air has for a long time been stagnant.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Around me the air is stagnant, despite the little current, the breath coming in past the curtains.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • For the descriptive adjective "unchanged" we have substituted the emotional adjective "stagnant".
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • In it, I could taste the room around me—taste the lovely dust motes, the mix of the stagnant air mingling with the flow of slightly cooler air from the open door.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • And also he owned the other hole near by, where the stagnant water was; and it was he who cut the ice and sold it; and what was more, if the men told truth, he had not had to pay any taxes for the water, and he had built the icehouse out of city lumber, and had not had to pay anything for that.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • It was too early to hope, but his reports were the only bright points in the stagnant fog of her days in the office.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Maybe she had listened through the wall and heard nothing, the stagnant silence of our unhappy house.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • It lay at the outskirts of the town, on low ground, like a rubbish dump, and as I walked up and down the gravel paths, I could smell the stagnant salt marshes in the distance.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • He tried to count how many times she swallowed and he thought of the visit from the two zinc-oxide-faced men with the cigarettes in their straight-lined mouths and the electronic-eyed snake winding down into the layer upon layer of night and stone and stagnant spring water, and he wanted to call out to her, how many have you taken TONIGHT! the capsules! how many will you take later and not know? and so on, every hour! or maybe not tonight, tomorrow night!
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • It was still stagnant.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • In this manner, pools and ponds, and even the great fresh-water lakes, may be stagnant, as you and I both know they are, having seen them; but when you come to spread water over a great tract, like the sea, where the earth is round, how in reason can the water be quiet?
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • There were crowds of people in the street; workmen and business people were making their way home; other people had come out for a walk; there was a smell of mortar, dust and stagnant water.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • None of the others had met the Count at all at close quarters, and when I had seen him he was either in the fasting stage of his existence in his rooms or, when he was bloated with fresh blood, in a ruined building open to the air, but here the place was small and close, and the long disuse had made the air stagnant and foul.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Here we have often sat—how long ago it is—; we have passed over this bridge and breathed the cool, acid smell of the stagnant water; we have leaned over the still water on this side of the lock, where the green creepers and weeds hang from the piles of the bridge;—and on hot days we rejoiced in the spouting foam on the other side of the lock and told tales about our school-teachers.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Nor in the stagnant bay of Marsh’s library where you read the fading prophecies of Joachim Abbas.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Theology does not thrive in the world of action and reaction, change: it grows on calm, like the scum on a stagnant pool.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • The sight of her would set his stagnant blood leaping; the sight of her— But it was a disappointment.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • The temperature of the Boiling Spring the same day was 45x, or the warmest of any water tried, though it is the coldest that I know of in summer, when, beside, shallow and stagnant surface water is not mingled with it.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • There was running water at the bottom: it was in fact the bed of one of the many small rivers that trickled down from the hills to feed the stagnant pools and mires beyond.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Hence the rapid and innumerable transformations of that architecture which owns but three centuries, so striking after the stagnant immobility of the Romanesque architecture, which owns six or seven.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
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