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1fatigue

noun fa·tigue \fə-ˈtēg\

: 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

Full Definition of FATIGUE

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

Examples of FATIGUE

  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 of FATIGUE

French, from Middle French, from fatiguer to fatigue, from Latin fatigare; akin to Latin affatim sufficiently
First Known Use: 1669

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

2fatigue

verb

: to make (someone) tired

fa·tiguedfa·tigu·ing

Full Definition of FATIGUE

transitive verb
1
:  to weary with labor or exertion
2
:  to induce a condition of fatigue in
intransitive verb
:  to suffer fatigue
fa·tigu·ing·ly \-ˈtē-giŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of FATIGUE

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

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>.

3fatigue

adjective

Definition of FATIGUE

1
:  consisting of, done, or used in fatigue <fatigue detail>
2
:  belonging to fatigues <a fatigue cap>

First Known Use of FATIGUE

1774

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical
FATIGUING Defined for Kids

1fatigue

noun fa·tigue \fə-ˈtēg\

Definition of FATIGUE for Kids

1
:  a state of being very tired
2
fa·tigues plural :  the uniform worn by members of the military for physical labor

2fatigue

verb
fa·tiguedfa·tigu·ing

Definition of FATIGUE for Kids

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

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