from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. inactivity
  • n. being stagnant; being without circulation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The condition of being stagnant; cessation of flowing or circulation, as of a fluid; the state of being motionless.
  • n. The cessation of action, or of brisk action; the state of being dull.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The condition of being stagnant; the cessation of flow or circulation in a fluid; the state of being without flow, or of being motionless.
  • n. Lack or absence of briskness or activity; inertness; dullness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. inactivity of liquids; being stagnant; standing still; without current or circulation
  • n. a state of inactivity (in business or art etc)


From Latin stagnatus, past participle of stagno ("to stagnate"), from stagnum ("standing water") (Wiktionary)


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