inert

adjective
in·​ert | \ i-ˈnərt How to pronounce inert (audio) \

Definition of inert

1 : lacking the power to move
2 : very slow to move or act : sluggish
3 : deficient in active properties especially : lacking a usual or anticipated chemical or biological action

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Other Words from inert

inert noun
inertly adverb
inertness noun

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inactive, idle, inert, passive, supine mean not engaged in work or activity. inactive applies to anyone or anything not in action or in operation or at work. on inactive status as an astronaut inactive accounts idle applies to persons that are not busy or occupied or to their powers or their implements. workers were idle in the fields inert as applied to things implies powerlessness to move or to affect other things; as applied to persons it suggests an inherent or habitual indisposition to activity. inert ingredients in drugs an inert citizenry passive implies immobility or lack of normally expected response to an external force or influence and often suggests deliberate submissiveness or self-control. passive resistance supine applies only to persons and commonly implies abjectness or indolence. a supine willingness to play the fool

Examples of inert in a Sentence

an inert and lifeless body How does he propose to stimulate the inert economy and create jobs?
Recent Examples on the Web That flu vaccine used live virus instead of the more common vaccines which used dead or inert virus to spur the body’s immune response. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "UAB expert says rushed COVID vaccine is pushing scientists into ’data-free zone’," 5 Sep. 2020 If your houseplants are infested with tiny, flying gnats, cut back on watering, and cover the potting soil in an inch-thick layer of small round pebbles or marbles or other inert material. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "September chores for home gardeners," 5 Sep. 2020 In the Before Times, many people saw birding as weirdly inert. Sadie Dingfelder, Washington Post, "During the pandemic, the popularity of birdwatching is soaring. Here’s what you need to know to tune in to the feathered soap opera outside your window.," 26 Aug. 2020 In a larger sense, Biden seems fixated on past May-June inert issues that often drove down Trump’s polls, but seems baffled that the real challenges are August-October issues that are quite different, fluid, and breaking in Trump’s direction. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Ten 2020 Issues, Policies, Personalities — and Chance," 18 Aug. 2020 There’s not a spot of inert space in Chicago, which also got better loans. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "El Greco Sizzles in Chicago, in Paris, Not So Much," 15 Aug. 2020 Turning rust into a useful chemical source material is cost-effective and demonstrates how inert materials hold the potential to be transformative in chemical manufacturing. Julio M. D'arcy, The Conversation, "Clever chemistry turns ordinary bricks into electricity storage devices," 11 Aug. 2020 Finding live aliens, even microbial ones, would force NASA to confront questions about interference and contamination; ancient life has the advantage of being both more likely to exist and inert. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "NASA Goes Looking for Tiny Ancient Martians," 30 July 2020 One concern is that the atmosphere is mostly inert nitrogen—and in a rocket engine that nitrogen acts like a wet blanket. Daniel Oberhaus, Ars Technica, "The rocket motor of the future “breathes” air like a jet engine," 27 June 2020

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First Known Use of inert

1647, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for inert

Latin inert-, iners unskilled, idle, from in- + art-, ars skill — more at arm

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The first known use of inert was in 1647

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11 Sep 2020

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“Inert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inert. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for inert

inert

adjective
How to pronounce inert (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of inert

: unable to move
: moving or acting very slowly
chemistry : not able to affect other chemicals when in contact with them : not chemically reactive

inert

adjective
in·​ert | \ i-ˈnərt How to pronounce inert (audio) \

Kids Definition of inert

: unable or slow to move or react inert gas

Other Words from inert

inertness noun

inert

adjective
in·​ert | \ in-ˈərt How to pronounce inert (audio) \

Medical Definition of inert

1 : lacking the power to move
2 : deficient in active properties especially : lacking a usual or anticipated chemical or biological action an inert drug

Other Words from inert

inertness noun

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