Examples of inertia in a Sentence
He blames governmental inertia for the holdup.
After 10 years in an unsatisfying job she overcame her inertia and went back to school.
Recent Examples of inertia from the Web
That game, additionally, feels more comfortable in VR, owing to more pronounced cockpit-anchoring visual details and a clearer sense of real car movement and inertia.
Fighting a defensive war One of the strongest forces preventing change in Indiana’s alcohol laws is what Todd Roberson, a senior lecturer in the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, simply calls political inertia.
Often, because of inertia or stakeholders protecting the status quo, a spark is needed to get people to look beyond just what’s next on their to-do list.
Seen from Trump's point of view he's had a good few days, framing himself as a dominant figure enforcing political change at home and across the globe, cutting through the bitter inertia surrounding his White House and honoring campaign promises.
Its courts’ reputation has been built over many years, and the forces of inertia stop people from changing contract terms.
The harmonica-playing Maks, whose English is just as broken but determined as Darja’s, is a more inspired character, though the two men are equally adamant about Darja abandoning the malaise and the inertia of the bus stop.
Was the void a monument not so much to ugliness, but to inertia?
While this lowers the relative peak pressure, the Accord’s turbo spools quicker because there’s less inertia.
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Inertia is the inherent property of a body that makes it oppose any force that would cause a change in its motion. A body at rest and a body in motion both oppose forces that might cause acceleration. The inertia of a body can be measured by its mass, which governs its resistance to the action of a force, or by its moment of inertia about a specified axis, which measures its resistance to the action of a torque about the same axiss.
Origin and Etymology of inertia
First Known Use: 1713See Words from the same year
Synonymsidleness, indolence, laziness, shiftlessness, sloth
Antonymsdrive, industriousness, industry
Related Wordsapathy, languor, lassitude, lethargy, listlessness, sluggishness, supineness; dallying, goldbricking, loafing, lolling, lounging
Near Antonymsambition, enterprise, go, hustle, initiative; assiduity, assiduousness, diligence, perseverance; animation, briskness, energy, exuberance, jazziness, liveliness, lustiness, pep, peppiness, robustness, sprightliness, vibrancy, vigor, vim, vitality, vivacity
INERTIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of inertia for English Language Learners
: lack of movement or activity especially when movement or activity is wanted or needed
: a feeling of not having the energy or desire that is needed to move, change, etc.
physics : a property of matter by which something that is not moving remains still and something that is moving goes at the same speed and in the same direction until another thing or force affects it
INERTIA Defined for Kids
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