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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. (physics) the tendency of a body to maintain is state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Inertness; indisposition to motion, exertion, or action; want of energy; sluggishness. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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
  5. Want of activity; sluggishness; - said especially of the uterus, when, in labor, its contractions have nearly or wholly ceased. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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.
  7. 1. The property of matter of remaining at rest or of continuing indefinitely in the motion imparted to it, unless acted upon by some impellin or retarding force. 2. Inactivity or lack of force, noting especially feebleness of the uterine contractions in labor, inertia uteri. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  8. Lessened contractile power; morbid inactivity. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  9. Inertness: the inherent property of matter by which it tends to remain forever at rest when still, and in motion when moving. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Property of matter by which it tends to remain in motion or at rest. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. The state of being inert. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  16. Want of activity; sluggishness; -- said especially of the uterus, when, in labor, its contractions have nearly or wholly ceased. mso.anu.edu.au
  17. Sluggishness, inactivity. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  18. [Latin] Sluggishness; inability to move or initiate an action spontaneously; especially, in physics, that property of matter by virtue of which it is unable to change its state either of rest or motion except under the stress of some force acting from without. na
  19. (Physics) property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in straight line, unless that state is changed by external force (also vis inertiae force of i.); inertness, sloth. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. Inactivity. American pocket medical dictionary.
  21. The tendency of a body to maintain its condition of repose unless acted upon by disturbing forces. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  22. Sluggishness, lack of activity. [Lat.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  23. [L.] The indifference of a body to a state either of rest or of motion. The tendency of a body to continue in the same state of rest or of uniform motion in a straight line, except so far as it is compelled to change its state by the action of external forces. The resistance it offers to such change is its Vis inertiae. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  24. n. That property of matter by which it tends when at rest to remain so, and when in motion to continue in motion ; - indisposition to move ; inactivity ; sluggishness. Cabinet Dictionary

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