from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms. See Synonyms at dead.
- adj. Not animated or energetic; dull.
- adj. Grammar Belonging to the class of nouns that stand for nonliving things: The word car is inanimate; the word dog is animate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Lacking the quality or ability of motion; as an inanimate object.
- adj. Not being, and never having been alive.
- adj. Not animate.
- n. Something that is not alive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To animate.
- adj. Not animate; destitute of life or spirit; lifeless; dead; inactive; dull.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To infuse life or vigor into; animate; quicken.
- Not animate; having lost life or vital force: as, the inanimate body of a man.
- Not animated; without vivacity or briskness; spiritless; inactive; sluggish; dull: as, inanimate movements; inanimate conversation.
- Synonyms Dead, lifeless, inert, soulless, spiritless.
- In grammar, denoting inanimate things: applied to a phase of ‘gender’ distinction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. belonging to the class of nouns denoting nonliving things
- adj. not endowed with life
- adj. appearing dead; not breathing or having no perceptible pulse
in- + animate (Wiktionary)