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INERTIA

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inertia mean? 

INERTIA (noun)
  The noun INERTIA has 2 senses:

1. a disposition to remain inactive or inert
2. (physics) the tendency of a body to maintain is state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force

  Familiarity information: INERTIA used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


INERTIA (noun)


Sense 1inertia [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A disposition to remain inactive or inert

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

inertia; inactiveness; inactivity

Context example:

he had to overcome his inertia and get back to work

Hypernyms ("inertia" is a kind of...):

trait (a distinguishing feature of your personal nature)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "inertia"):

flatness; languor; lethargy; phlegm; sluggishness (inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy)

restfulness (the attribute of being restful)

passiveness; passivity (the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative)

indolence; laziness (inactivity resulting from a dislike of work)


Sense 2inertia [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(physics) the tendency of a body to maintain is state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by an external force

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("inertia" is a kind of...):

mechanical phenomenon (a physical phenomenon associated with the equilibrium or motion of objects)

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "inertia"):

moment of inertia (the tendency of a body to resist angular acceleration)


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