3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Effort \Ef"fort\, noun [F. effort, OF. esfort, for esfors, esforz, fr. esforcier. See {Efforce}.]

1. An exertion of strength or power, whether physical or mental, in performing an act or aiming at an object; more or less strenuous endeavor; struggle directed to the accomplishment of an object; as, an effort to scale a wall.

We prize the stronger effort of his power. --Pope.

2. (Mech.) A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion. --Rankine.

Syn: Endeavor; exertion; struggle; strain; straining; attempt; trial; essay. See {Attempt}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Effort \Ef"fort\, verb (used with an object) To stimulate. [Obs.] "He efforted his spirits." --Fuller.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try" [syn: {attempt}, {effort}, {endeavor}, {endeavour}, {try}]

2: use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion" [syn: {effort}, {elbow grease}, {exertion}, {travail}, {sweat}]

3: a notable achievement; "he performed a great feat"; "the book was her finest effort" [syn: {feat}, {effort}, {exploit}]

4: a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end; "he supported populist campaigns"; "they worked in the cause of world peace"; "the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant"; "the movement to end slavery"; "contributed to the war effort" [syn: {campaign}, {cause}, {crusade}, {drive}, {movement}, {effort}]

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