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Definition not circulating or flowing

Note that stagnant can also be used as the adjective form of stagnate (not changing - in a negative sense).
  • stagnant water
  • A stagnant bilge along the lower bulkhead filled with wet papers and trash.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • stagnant = not circulating or flowing
  • The cellar had two feet of stagnant water in it, and was bottomed with six inches of soft mud.
    Twain, Mark  --  A Tramp Abroad
  • There was not a breath of wind, and the superheated, stagnant air was heavy with pestilence.
    London, Jack  --  Adventure
  • A peculiar stagnant smell hung over the anchorage—a smell of sodden leaves and rotting tree trunks.
    Stevenson, Robert Louis  --  Treasure Island
  • The market's stagnant, there are no buyers.
    Maugham, W. Somerset  --  Of Human Bondage
  • Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.
    Leonardo da Vinci
  • His way now led towards the river-side regions, and a cleansing whiff of tar was to be detected in the stagnant autumn air.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  Beyond the City
  • Also, he was perishing for water, and panted, dry-tongued, dry-mouthed, in the stagnant heat.
    London, Jack  --  Jerry of the Islands
  • For a time my brain went stagnant.
    Wells, H.G.  --  The Time Machine
  • She knew nothing about the speed of decay in cold, stagnant water, but the body seemed to have been in the pool for a long time.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • The stagnant air was sodden with the smells of sweat and wood varnish.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • It was as if a sweet clear spring had begun to rise in a stagnant pool and had risen and risen until at last it swept the dark water away.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • But the blood that burst from her body was black, stagnant, dying, and none of us saw a baby in that mess.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • 'For a time my brain went stagnant.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • His ambition was chained, held back" a pool of stagnant water.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • 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
  • His head was a tumult of smells—phlox in bloom, ashes, cow dung, dog, cat, hens, stagnant water.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • A mass of warm, stagnant air had moved up from the south and was being held in place over New England by hands of high pressure.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • The mar ket's stagnant, there are no buyers.'
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage

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