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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

Etymologies

Latin torpidus, from torpēre, to be stiff; see ster-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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