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catatonic

[kat-uh-ton-ik] /ˌkæt əˈtɒn ɪk/
adjective
1.
having catatonia, a syndrome characterized by muscular rigidity and mental stupor:
The schizophrenic remained in a catatonic state.
2.
appearing to be in a daze or stupor; unresponsive:
She had the catatonic expression of an avant-garde model.
noun
3.
a person who suffers from catatonia.
Related forms
catatonically, adverb
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  • She can play ferocious or catatonic with equal plausibility.
Word Origin and History for catatonic
adj.

1899, from catatonia + -ic. As a noun from 1902.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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catatonic in Technology

jargon
A description of a system that gives no indication that it is still working. This might be because it has crashed without being able to give any error message or because it is busy but not designed to give any feedback.
Compare buzz.
[Jargon File]
(2004-08-19)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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