“inertia sometimes keeps us from breaking free and what we know in our minds that we should do,” Gilligan said.
For now the first alternative seems bizarrely risky; the second has a very strong element of inertia behind it.
It also helps explain why so many companies in turnaround situations are gripped by inertia.
But the forces of inertia are great and not to be underestimated—not just in the U.S., but everywhere.
The answer, to the surprise of some then and probably the captains of inertia today, was no.
It was the last phase, the feebleness, the wanness, the inertia!
When I twitched the rope, I suddenly and violently overcame the inertia of the tender.
What inertia is to a material body inductance is to an electric current.
Before every spiritual illumination, this inertia, in a measure, must be overcome.
Bismarck himself was then struggling to begin a career against the inertia of the German system.
1713, introduced as a term in physics 17c. by German astronomer and physician Johann Kepler (1571-1630), from Latin inertia "unskillfulness, idleness," from iners (genitive inertis) "unskilled, inactive;" see inert. Used in Modern Latin by Newton (1687). Sense of "apathy" first recorded 1822.
inertia in·er·tia (ĭ-nûr'shə)
The tendency of a body to resist acceleration; the tendency of a body at rest to remain at rest or of a body in motion to stay in motion in a straight line unless acted on by an outside force.
Resistance or disinclination to motion, action, or change.
The resistance of a body to changes in its momentum. Because of inertia, a body at rest remains at rest, and a body in motion continues moving in a straight line and at a constant speed, unless a force is applied to it. Mass can be considered a measure of a body's inertia. See more at Newton's laws of motion, See also mass.