inanimate


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Wikipedia.

inanimate

[in′an·ə·mət]
(medicine)
Lacking consciousness or life.
(science and technology)
A lifeless object.
References in classic literature ?
Aside from seeing you, which is my principal reason for being here, and satisfying myself that I can transport inanimate things from Mars to Earth, and therefore animate things if I so desire, I have no purpose.
It is strange how inanimate objects will twine themselves into our affections, especially in the hour of affliction.
Noirtier's eye still retained its inanimate expression.
But, spitting it out, he declined thereafter to bite it, knowing it for what it was, an inanimate thing upon which his teeth could inflict no hurt.
Had she been left to herself in her late extremity, she would probably have used her faculties to the utmost, and with discretion, in protecting her person; but, encumbered with her inanimate friend, retreat was a thing not to be attempted.
No change of expression crossed his grim and stern-set features as he strode across the room and stood beside the little couch and the inanimate form which lay face downward upon it; the still, silent thing that had pulsed with life and youth and love.
It centered about the slayer of his mate, of course; but it included everything German, animate or inanimate.
Their language is full of endearing diminutives; nothing that they love escapes the application of a petting diminutive--neither the house, nor the dog, nor the horse, nor the grandmother, nor any other creature, animate or inanimate.
It was pressed upon me by every object within sight or hearing, animate or inanimate.
On inanimate nature, as on the men and women who cultivated it, a prevalent tendency towards an appearance of vegetating unwillingly--a dejected disposition to give up, and wither away.
The inanimate victim was borne along by the vigorous arms which supported her, and which she did not seem in the least to burden.
One would recognize, just as courts and the general public do, that cars and knives are inanimate objects and cannot act on their own.