What does the word torpor mean?

  • [ Latin] Sluggishness; tardiness or imperfection of action; as T. of the liver. T. retinae, a condition in which the retina is excited to action only by stimuli of considerable luminous power.

Usage examples for torpor

  1. The reptile was still in something of a torpor from its meal, and Grant had no difficulty in approaching it through the water and attacking it with the heat- gun on the soft part of the neck below the head. – The Wealth of Echindul by Noel Miller Loomis
  2. The exhaustion of Lady Landale's body produced at last a fortunate torpor of mind. – The Light of Scarthey by Egerton Castle
  3. 36. In this perplexing state of affairs, when all deliberation was at a stand, and a kind of torpor had seized on men's minds, Laevinus, the consul, observed, that as the magistrates were more honoured than the senators, and the senators than the people, so also ought they to be the first in taking upon themselves every thing that was burdensome and arduous. – The History of Rome; Books Nine to Twenty-Six by Titus Livius

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