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inertia

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Definition a disposition to continue in the same manner — such as sit still and do nothing or continue moving in a particular direction
  • She had to overcome her inertia and get back to work.
inertia = a disposition to continue in the same manner — such as sit still and do nothing or continue moving in a particular direction
  • The rocket's inertia will take it out of the solar system.
  • Sometimes you make up your mind about something without knowing why, and your decision persists by the power of inertia.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Such inertia is not canceled in an instant, but I felt the body responses pass as they should.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • At length, goaded, he would lash his great bulk, lulled in the powerful inertia of its visions, into a cursing and violent movement.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • There is a great inertia about all military operations of any size.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • I brought it back to the ship, charged it up, reprogrammed the inertia chips, and voild!
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I must beware of inertia.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid's Tale
  • , who enlisted in the Army to escape the inertia of his hometown.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • But seven people were nothing: they were worse than nothing, because they were evidence of the inertia of the uncapturable mass.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • The city had us, prisoners of its beauty and inertia.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • But a kind of inertia engendered by loss kept him where he was, and he leaned back broodily against the skylight.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • Ishmael had hung on to it in part from sheer inertia, in part because driving it reminded him of his father.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Once I was off my feet, inertia took hold.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • For a few seconds the inertial forces held them flattened and squirming for breath, unable to move.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • He'd risen through NASA's ranks as fast as one could in the large, inertia-bound organization.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • For, at our epoch, we no longer believe either in inertia or in immobility.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I see light, magnetism, electricity, and gravity in equation, and the theory handily explains inertia.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Yes, the vibration problem has been overcome by the exclusive Vibro-Dynamic-Lateral-Anti-Inertial Dampening system.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • Partly it was mission, partly inertia, partly adventure, partly a way of tracing the possibilities.
    Tim O'Brien  --  Going After Cacciato

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