from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having no motion or activity; benumbed; torpid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no motion or activity; incapable of motion; benumbed; torpid.

from The 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.


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.

    Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2) Or A Discourse of Forest Trees


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