Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun inactivity
  • noun being stagnant; being without circulation

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

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

Etymologies

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

Examples

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  • Bones used this word in an episode of "Star Trek" when he was talking to Jim about what the natives were doing.

    June 13, 2012