Sedentary

Definition of Sedentary

Sed´en`ta`ry
a.1.Accustomed to sit much or long; as, a sedentary man.
2.Characterized by, or requiring, much sitting; as, a sedentary employment; a sedentary life.
Any education that confined itself to sedentary pursuits was essentially imperfect.
- Beaconsfield.
3.Inactive; motionless; sluggish; hence, calm; tranquil.
The soul, considered abstractly from its passions, is of a remiss, sedentary nature.
- Spectator.
4.Caused by long sitting.
5.(Zool.) Remaining in one place, especially when firmly attached to some object; as, the oyster is a sedentary mollusk; the barnacles are sedentary crustaceans.
Sedentary spider
(Zool.) one of a tribe of spiders which rest motionless until their prey is caught in their web.

Related Words

abeyant, apathetic, at a standstill, cataleptic, catatonic, dead, dopey, dormant, dull, fixed, flat, foul, groggy, heavy, immobile, in abeyance, in suspense, inactive, inert, languid, languorous, latent, leaden, lifeless, logy, motionless, passive, phlegmatic, quiescent, seated, sitting, slack, sleeping, sluggish, slumbering, smoldering, stagnant, standing, static, stationary, suspended, tame, torpid, unactive, unaroused, unmoving
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