A girl lies inert on her desk.
The definition of inert is slow or having no action or power to move.
An example of inert is a slug that is standing still.
- having inertia; without power to move, act, or resist
- tending to be physically or mentally inactive; dull; slow
- having or exhibiting little or no activity, esp. chemical activity: inert matter in a fertilizer, an inert gas
Origin of inertClassical Latin iners, without skill or art, idle ; from in-, not + ars (gen. artis), skill, art)
- a. Incapable of moving or acting: “[Some patients] lingered, unable to breathe on their own, inert and unresponsive even to the most noxious stimulus” (Gary Greenberg).b. Sluggish in action or motion; lethargic. See Synonyms at inactive.
- Chemistry Not readily reactive with other elements; forming few or no chemical compounds.
- Having no pharmacologic, metabolic, or other physiological effect.
Origin of inertLatin iners, inert- : in-, not; see in–1 + ars, skill; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more inert, superlative most inert)
- (chemistry) A substance that does not react chemically.