Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Benumbed; numb; incapable of activity or sensibility; torpid; dull; dim.
- n. A medicine that diminishes the exertion of the irritative motions.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Having no motion or activity; incapable of motion; benumbed; torpid.
- Latin torpens, present participle of torpere to be numb. (Wiktionary)
“Lastly, to all this I would add that other chearful vehicle, light; which the gloomy and torpent north is so many months depriv’d of; the too long seclusion whereof is injurious to our exotics, kept in the conservatories, since however temper’d with heat, and duly refresh’d; they grow sickly, and languish without the admission of light as well as air, as I have frequently found.”
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