What does the word torpid mean?

Usage examples for torpid

  1. The air without was torpid and heavy; the wood, by an oversight, of the sort called soggy. – I and My Chimney by Herman Melville
  2. It was not in a completely torpid state, and after being exposed to the air a few hours, it crawled in true toad- like style. – The Romance of Natural History, Second Series by Philip Henry Gosse
  3. The man who does not care and ceases to grow, becomes torpid, stiffens, is in a sense dead; but he who has been growing all the time need never stop; and where growth is, there is always capability of change: growth itself is a succession of slow, melodious, ascending changes. – Paul Faber, Surgeon by George MacDonald