from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment or vitality.
- n. The condition or quality of being empty.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Emptiness.
- n. A state of advanced lack of adequate nutrition, food or water, or a physiological inability to utilize them; starvation.
- n. A spiritual emptiness or lack of purpose or will to live, akin to the Existentialist Philosophy state of "nausea".
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The condition of being inane; emptiness; lack of fullness, as in the vessels of the body; hence, specifically, exhaustion from lack of food, either from partial or complete starvation, or from a disorder of the digestive apparatus, producing the same result.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The condition or consequence of being inane or empty; hence, exhaustion from lack of nourishment, either physical or mental; starvation due to deficiency or mal-assimilation of food.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. weakness characterized by a lack of vitality or energy
- n. exhaustion resulting from lack of food
Middle English inanisioun, emptiness, from Old French inanicion, exhaustion from hunger, from Late Latin inānītiō, inānītiōn-, emptiness, from inānītus, past participle of inānīre, to make empty, from Latin inānis, empty.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin inānītio, from inānīre ("to make empty"), from inānis ("empty, vain"); see inane. (Wiktionary)