- the property of matter by which it retains its state of rest or its velocity along a straight line so long as it is not acted upon by an external force.
- an analogous property of a force: electric inertia.
Origin of inertia
Synonyms for inertia
Related Words for inertialaziness, apathy, passivity, paralysis, inactivity, torpor, torpidity, lethargy, sloth, idleness, listlessness, stillness, stupor, lassitude, languor, indolence, immobilization, dullness, unresponsiveness, drowsiness
Examples from the Web for inertia
Contemporary Examples of inertia
Bureaucratic inertia is, by long tradition, the most efficient dispatcher of scandals.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
By the time ACT UP came around to deal with the inertia, it seemed like a raging inevitability that hit with the force of a blaze.‘The Normal Heart’ and Hope in the Battlefield of AIDS
May 24, 2014
Zach Weisberg, the founding editor of The Inertia, a surf culture website, covered the U.S. Open of Surfing.U.S. Open of Surfing Turns Into Riot
July 31, 2013
Businesses have a fair amount of inertia, and a strong reluctance to fire people.How to Think About the Minimum Wage
February 14, 2013
The answer, to the surprise of some then and probably the captains of inertia today, was no.Let's Revisit the Negative Income Tax
February 1, 2013
Historical Examples of inertia
The inertia of the meteor has persisted, not as energy, but as a factor of energy.The Machinery of the Universe
Amos Emerson Dolbear
For that sort of inertia in woman is always enigmatic and therefore menacing.Chance
That was because if there were no inertia there would be no centrifugal force.
At the same time he overcame part of your inertia, for he made you move a little.
The inertia of the stricken beings on the platform was broken by his move.
- the tendency of a body to preserve its state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force
- an analogous property of other physical quantities that resist changethermal inertia
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.