- 1A tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged: the bureaucratic inertia of the various tiers of governmentMore example sentences
inactivity, inaction, inactiveness, inertness, passivity, apathy, accidie, malaise, stagnation, dullness, enervation, sluggishness, lethargy, languor, languidness, listlessness, torpor, torpidity, idleness, indolence, laziness, sloth, slothfulness; motionlessness, immobility, lifelessnessFrench • archaic fainéance
- Ignorance, fear, inertia, and stubbornness remain to be overcome.
- Under current policy there is too much latitude for force structure decisions based on personal whim, the prevailing fashion or as default decisions arising out of bureaucratic compromise or inertia.
- But whatever the smart individuals inside these organizations might think, bureaucratic inertia is killing those golden-egg geese.
- 2 Physics A property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force: the power required to overcome friction and the inertia of the moving parts See also moment of inertia.More example sentences
- A better way to measure the mass of a microscopic sample is to quantify the sample's inertia as it is forced into motion.
- Unlike Galileo, Newton insisted that the law of inertia applied only to motion in a straight line, not circular motion.
- How fast and in what order remains to be seen, but the direction is a matter of inertia without friction.
- 2.1 [with modifier] Resistance to change in some other physical property: the thermal inertia of the oceans will delay the full rise in temperature for a few decadesMore example sentences
- The relatively large mass and thermal inertia of female desert tortoises usually prevents winter activity but facilitates their relaxed homeostasis.
- Soil for the grass over the common room adds to the thermal inertia of the whole.
- A heavy body weight is a disincentive for movement and physical activity, creating ‘movement inertia.’
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- The doors close as soon as Jewel is clear, and the inertialess transport quickly jets away from the building, circling around the city center and out over the desert.
- The mirror surface of the ball doubles as a solar collector, and everything, the radio control, the laser, targeting, gyros, inertialess drive, all run off the battery.
- A simple inertialess quasi-real-time microwave holographic recording system is described and preliminary results are presented.