adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin torpidus, from torpēre to be sluggish or numb; akin to Lithuanian tirpti to become numb Date: 15th century 1. a. having lost motion or the power of exertion or feeling ; dormant, numb b. sluggish in functioning or acting <
a torpid frog
a torpid mind
2. lacking in energy or vigor ; apathetic, dulltorpidity noun

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  • Torpid — Tor pid (t[^o]r p[i^]d), a. [L. torpidus, fr. torpere to be stiff, numb, or torpid; of uncertain origin.] 1. Having lost motion, or the power of exertion and feeling; numb; benumbed; as, a torpid limb. [1913 Webster] Without heat all things would …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • torpid — TORPÍD, Ă, torpizi, de, adj. (livr.) Leneş, molatic, încet, greoi. – Din fr. torpide, it. torpido, lat. torpidus. Trimis de LauraGellner, 28.06.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  torpíd adj. m., pl …   Dicționar Român

  • Torpid — Tor pid, n. [See {Torpid}, a.] [Slang, Oxford University, Eng.] 1. An inferior racing boat, or one who rows in such a boat. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. pl. The Lenten rowing races. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • torpid — [tôr′pid] adj. [L torpidus < torpere, to be numb or torpid < IE *( s) terp < base *( s) ter , to be stiff > STARE, STARVE] 1. a) having lost temporarily all or part of the power of sensation or motion, as a hibernating animal; dormant …   English World dictionary

  • Torpid — (v. lat.), gefühllos, unempfindlich, betäubt; an Schwäche hinsichtlich der Bewegung, des Gefühls, der Besinnung leidend, od. damit verbunden, s. Torpor …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Torpīd — (lat.), schwer erregbar, empfindungslos …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Torpid — Torpīd (lat.), starr, empfindungslos; Torpidität, Gliedererstarrung …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Torpid — Torpid, lat. dtsch., gefühllos, betäubt; T. ität, Torpor, Trägheit, Schwäche, Gefühllosigkeit …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • torpid — I adjective apathetic, benumbed, comatose, dead, disinterested, dormant, drowsy, dull, heavy, idle, impervious, inactive, inanimate, indifferent, indolent, iners, inert, inexcitable, insensate, insensible, languid, languorous, lazy, leaden,… …   Law dictionary

  • torpid — torpid:⇨stumpfsinnig(1) …   Das Wörterbuch der Synonyme

  • torpid — (adj.) 1610s, from L. torpidus benumbed, from torpere be numb or stiff (see TORPOR (Cf. torpor)) …   Etymology dictionary

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