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Definitions of inertia

  1. a disposition to remain inactive or inert; "he had to overcome his inertia and get back to work" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Inertness; indisposition to motion, exertion, or action; want of energy; sluggishness. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. That property of matter by which it tends when at rest to remain so, and when in motion to continue in motion, and in the same straight line or direction, unless acted on by some external force; - sometimes called vis inertiae. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. Want of activity; sluggishness; - said especially of the uterus, when, in labor, its contractions have nearly or wholly ceased. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Lack of activity; sluggishness; that property by virtue of which matter tends to remain at rest, if resting, or to move uniformly in a straight line, if moving. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The state of being inert. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. That property of matter by virtue of which it continues at rest or in motion unless acted on by some force outside of itself. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. That property of matter by which it tends to preserve a state of rest when still, and of uniform rectilinear motion when moving; inertness. Vis inertioe, the power of inertia. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. That inherent quality of passiveness in bodies which preserves them in a state of perpetual rest when undisturbed, or in perpetual motion unless stopped by some resisting force. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for inertia

  1. Of course, they never had lost their identity with us, so far as our rotation and revolution went: our inertia was theirs; all the fatal, Fly- Wheels had given them was an additional motion in space of their own. – The-Brick-Moon-and-Other-Stories by Hale, Edward Everett
  2. He let inertia carry him toward the cave, then swung upright in the water as he saw that the octopus had moved a little distance from the cave mouth. – The Wailing Octopus by Harold Leland Goodwin
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