Definition of exertion
: the act or an instance of exerting; especially : a laborious or perceptible effort
Examples of exertion in a Sentence
He was panting from the exertion of climbing the stairs.
an easy sport that requires little physical exertion
Recent Examples of exertion from the Web
Some Brexiteers would doubtless enjoy such a muscular exertion of sovereignty.
A snowy crossing and steep climb later, I was exhausted from all the exertion.
Severe muscle spasms occur as a result of salt and water loss following exertion, most often in the hands, calves, and feet.
Here’s a sample routine: Alternate between 30 to 60 seconds of higher intensity (speed walking) with 60 seconds of slow to moderate exertion (walking at a normal pace).
Both players had sickle-cell trait, which makes people vulnerable during extreme exertion.
Men's pros, including Rafael Nadal, regularly grunt, with Andre Agassi famously drawing rebuke from Ivan Lendl in the late 1980s for his audible exertions.
The layers of acoustical and synthesized sound operate independently of each other; the acoustical portions were all over the stylistic map, from frenzied group exertions to airy waves of arpeggios.
But because Pachulia doesn’t rise up much, the rare exertion apparently hurt the big man.
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First Known Use of exertion
EXERTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of exertion for English Language Learners
: physical or mental effort
EXERTION Defined for Kids
Definition of exertion for Students
1 : the act of putting into use They won by the exertion of great effort.
2 : use of strength or ability The game requires physical exertion.
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