from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Deprived of the power of motion or feeling; benumbed.
- adj. Dormant; hibernating.
- adj. Lethargic; apathetic. See Synonyms at inactive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. unmoving, dormant or hibernating
- adj. lazy, lethargic or apathetic
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having lost motion, or the power of exertion and feeling; numb; benumbed.
- adj. Dull; stupid; sluggish; inactive.
- n. An inferior racing boat, or one who rows in such a boat.
- n. The Lenten rowing races.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Benumbed; insensible; inactive.
- Specifically, dormant, as an animal in hibernation or estivation, when it passes its time in sleep: as, a torpid snake.
- Figuratively, dull; sluggish; apathetic.
- Pertaining to the torpids, or Lent boat-races at Oxford. See II.
- n. A second-class racing-boat at Oxford, corresponding to the slogger of Cambridge; also, one of the crew of such a boat.
- n. plural The Lent boat-races at Oxford.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. in a condition of biological rest or suspended animation
- adj. slow and apathetic
Latin torpidus, from torpēre, to be stiff; see ster-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)