inertia - definition in the Learner's Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “inertia”

See all translations

inertia

noun [U]
 
 
/ɪˈnɜːʃə/
NO CHANGE If there is inertia, a situation remains the same or changes very slowly: the inertia of larger organizationsChangingAdapting and modifying Adapting and attuning to somethingChanging frequently
LAZY a failure to do anything, especially because you are too lazy: International inertia could lead to a major disaster in the war zone.Laziness and lazy peopleAvoiding action
FORCE the physical force that keeps something in the same position or moving in the same directionParticular theories and concepts in physics
(Definition of inertia from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “inertia” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

a game in hand

if a sports team has a game in hand over other teams in a competition, it still has another game to play in which it can gain points

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More