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fatigue

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noun fa·tigue \fə-ˈtēg\

Simple Definition of fatigue

  • : the state of being very tired : extreme weariness

  • fatigues : the uniform that soldiers wear when they are doing physical work

  • : the tendency of a material (such as metal) to break after being bent or moved many times

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fatigue

  1. 1 a :  labor b :  manual or menial work performed by military personnel c plural :  the uniform or work clothing worn on fatigue and in the field

  2. 2 a :  weariness or exhaustion from labor, exertion, or stress b :  the temporary loss of power to respond that is induced in a sensory receptor or motor end organ by continued stimulation

  3. 3 :  the tendency of a material to break under repeated stress <metal fatigue>

Examples of fatigue in a sentence

  1. We were overcome by fatigue after the long journey.

  2. The drug's side effects include headache and fatigue.

  3. soldiers wearing combat boots and fatigues

  4. The cracks in the engine were caused by metal fatigue.



Origin and Etymology of fatigue

French, from Middle French, from fatiguer to fatigue, from Latin fatigare; akin to Latin affatim sufficiently


First Known Use: 1669


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fatigue

verb fa·tigue

Simple Definition of fatigue

  • : to make (someone) tired

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of fatigue

fatigued

fatiguing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to weary with labor or exertion

  3. 2 :  to induce a condition of fatigue in

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to suffer fatigue

fatiguingly

play \-ˈtē-giŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of fatigue in a sentence

  1. <the rescue workers pressed on, though their efforts to reach the miners had almost completely fatigued them>



1693

First Known Use of fatigue

1693

Synonym Discussion of fatigue

tire, weary, fatigue, exhaust, jade, fag mean to make or become unable or unwilling to continue. tire implies a draining of one's strength or patience <the long ride tired us out>. weary stresses tiring until one is unable to endure more of the same thing <wearied of the constant arguing>. fatigue suggests great lassitude from excessive strain or undue effort <fatigued by the day's chores>. exhaust implies complete draining of strength by hard exertion <shoveling snow exhausted him>. jade suggests the loss of all freshness and eagerness <appetites jaded by overindulgence>. fag implies a drooping with fatigue <shoppers all fagged out by the Christmas rush>.

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fatigue

adjective fa·tigue

Definition of fatigue

  1. 1 :  consisting of, done, or used in fatigue <fatigue detail>

  2. 2 :  belonging to fatigues <a fatigue cap>



1774

First Known Use of fatigue

1774


FATIGUE Defined for Kids

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fatigue

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noun fa·tigue \fə-ˈtēg\

Definition of fatigue for Students

  1. 1 :  a state of being very tired

  2. 2 fatigues plural :  the uniform worn by members of the military for physical labor




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fatigue

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verb fa·tigue

Definition of fatigue for Students

fatigued

fatiguing

  1. :  to tire by work or exertion <a fatiguing hike>




Medical Dictionary

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fatigue

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noun fa·tigue \fə-ˈtēg\

Medical Definition of fatigue

  1. 1:  weariness or exhaustion from labor, exertion, or stress

  2. 2:  the temporary loss of power to respond induced in a sensory receptor or motor end organ by continued stimulation




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fatigue

verb fa·tigue

Medical Definition of fatigue

fatigued

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fatiguing

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to weary with labor or exertion

  4. 2:  to induce a condition of fatigue in (as an effector organ)

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to be affected with fatigue :  become weary





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