- 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.
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That’s partly a product of inertia, with many advertisers simply accustomed to speaking the language of the GRP.Deep Dive: How the coronavirus crisis accelerated the already cresting CTV sea change|Jessica Rapp|December 21, 2020|Digiday
Moving the weight away from the center of gravity gives the club a higher moment of inertia, which means it’s less likely to twist as it hits the ball and send your shot rolling in the wrong direction.
According to Yagley, the Supersport-35 has a moment of inertia measuring roughly 5,000 grams per centimeter squared, which is roughly what you might expect from a high-end driver.
Those included observations of the sample collection chamber using onboard cameras, as well as a spin maneuver scheduled for Saturday that would approximate the sample’s mass through moment-of-inertia measurements.OSIRIS-REx collected too much asteroid material and now some is floating away|Neel Patel|October 23, 2020|MIT Technology Review
“It feels like inertia, and the inertia is stunning,” Feigenholtz said after the hearing.Still No Answers to Lawmakers’ Questions About Children Stuck in Psychiatric Hospitals|by Duaa Eldeib|September 15, 2020|ProPublica
Bureaucratic inertia is, by long tradition, the most efficient dispatcher of scandals.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero|Clive Irving|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The same inertia and restlessness is setting in behind the scenes as well.Will Gardner Had to Die So That ‘The Good Wife’ Could Thrive|Jason Lynch|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Much of the surface of Mars is covered in fine sand and dust, both of which have low thermal inertia.
That measure is known as thermal inertia, and it provides information far beyond what we can get from visible light alone.
However, exposed rock and larger sand grains have higher thermal inertia, so they glow more brightly.
But for the most part even industry and endowment were powerless against the inertia of custom and the dead-weight of environment.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Owing to its inertia, no heavy bellows weight can be set into motion rapidly.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building|George Laing Miller
Owing to its inertia, it would thus tend continually to lag behind the particles of matter about it.Outlines of the Earth's History|Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
The observations are difficult, and the inertia of the instrument is liable to cause error, but much care was taken.
You have no idea how the inertia of such a character makes itself felt.
British Dictionary definitions for inertia
- 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
Derived forms of inertiainertial, adjective
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In physics, the tendency for objects at rest to remain at rest, and for objects in uniform motion to continue in motion in a straight line, unless acted on by an outside force. (See Newton's laws of motion.)