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Definition unmoving, inactive, or unable to move


slow, lethargic, or without interest

or (in chemistry/medicine):

chemically inactive (not having an effect)
  • The snake had recently eaten and lay inert in the grass.
inert = unmoving
  • 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.
  • inert = inactive
  • Employees seem inert and unresponsive. Nobody is solving customer problems.
  • inert = lethargic or without interest
  • Her inert body still had a beating heart.
  • inert = unable to move
  • The audience sat inert and unmoved by her speech.
  • inert = unmoving and without interest
  • She considers our political system inert and calls for violent revolution as the path to change.
  • inert = unmoving
  • 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
  • inert = not moving
  • She had never seen Marilla sit limply inert like that.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • inert = lethargic and without interest
  • Father! Wake up. They're trying to throw you out of the carriage.... His body remained inert.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • inert = unmoving, or unable to move
  • I look down at Beetee's inert body.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • inert = unmoving and unable to move
  • 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
  • inert = unmoving or unable to move
  • His daughter, Betty Parris, aged ten, is lying on the bed, inert.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • inert = unmoving
  • 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
  • inert = inactive
  • 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
  • inert = unmoving or unable to move
  • 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
  • inert = unable to move
  • 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
  • inert = unmoving or unable to move
  • But Betty collapses in her hands and lies inert on the bed.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • inert = unmoving
  • You are still yourself as now, and yet you are yourself no longer; you who, like Ariel, verge on the angelic, are but an inert mass, which, like Caliban, verges on the brutal; and this is called in human tongues, as I tell you, neither more nor less than apoplexy.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Billy and the Maori dug into the inert, unpromising gravel of the moon.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • She felt him put out a hand to touch her, and at once became inert.
    Doris Lessing  --  The Grass is Singing

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