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- A state of being inactive or stuporous.
- A state of apathy or lethargy.
- 1826, Mary Shelley, chapter 7, in The Last Man:
- She knew that she was the cause of her husband's utter ruin; and she strung herself to bear the consequences. The reproaches which agony extorted; or worse, cureless, uncomplaining depression, when his mind was sunk in a torpor, not the less painful because it was silent and moveless.
- (biology) A state similar to hibernation characterised by energy-conserving, very deep sleep.
being inactive or stuporous
- torpor in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- torpor in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- torpor in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
torpor m (plural torpores)
- torpor (state of being inactive or stuporous)