[ in-urt, ih-nurt ]
/ ɪnˈɜrt, ɪˈnɜrt /
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having no inherent power of action, motion, or resistance (opposed to active): inert matter.
Chemistry. having little or no ability to react, as nitrogen that occurs uncombined in the atmosphere.
Pharmacology. having no pharmacological action, as the excipient of a pill.
inactive or sluggish by habit or nature.
OTHER WORDS FOR inert
1 immobile, unmoving, lifeless, motionless.
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Origin of inert
synonym study for inert
4. See inactive.
OTHER WORDS FROM inert
in·ert·ly, adverbin·ert·ness, nounnon·in·ert, adjectivenon·in·ert·ly, adverb
non·in·ert·ness, nounun·in·ert, adjectiveun·in·ert·ly, adverb
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How to use inert in a sentence
A startled murmur came from every lip, and Donald Kayne's grasp fell inertly from Nita's wrist.They Looked and Loved|Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
She walked slowly forward, her hands very cold, hanging inertly down, her lips pressed tightly together.Friendship and Folly|Maria Louise Pool
Some one must be making a big bonfire, answered Helen inertly, as her eyes followed the direction of Ediths finger.Blue Robin, the Girl Pioneer|Rena I. Halsey
Wicks sat inertly gazing at those familiar stains on the wall which long familiarity had made hateful to him.A Pagan of the Hills|Charles Neville Buck
At length a bloody and disfigured body rose inertly to the surface, and floated.The Tiger-Slayer|Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for inert
/ (ɪnˈɜːt) /
having no inherent ability to move or to resist motion
inactive, lazy, or sluggish
having only a limited ability to react chemically; unreactive
Derived forms of inertinertly, adverbinertness, noun
Word Origin for inert
C17: from Latin iners unskilled, from in- 1 + ars skill; see art 1
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Scientific definitions for inert
[ ĭn-ûrt′ ]
Not chemically reactive.
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