- 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.
Examples from the Web for inertia
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
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|Michael Musto|May 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Zach Weisberg, the founding editor of The Inertia, a surf culture website, covered the U.S. Open of Surfing.
Businesses have a fair amount of inertia, and a strong reluctance to fire people.
The answer, to the surprise of some then and probably the captains of inertia today, was no.
The organism acquires a growing immobility, and finally exists in a state of entire intellectual helplessness and inertia.Natural Law in the Spiritual World|Henry Drummond
These are amusing now, but they indicate the inertia of the people in such matters.Artificial Light|M. Luckiesh
Inertia is possessed quite as much by a moving body as a body at rest.Aether and Gravitation|William George Hooper
It is to be feared that the latter, far from stimulating mental life, are conducive to inertia of thought.
Her nature knows not inertia, but it abounds in enterprise, endeavor, and courage that are born of a high purpose.The Vitalized School|Francis B. Pearson
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
Word Origin and History for 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.
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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.)