nisus

noun
ni·​sus | \ ˈnī-səs How to pronounce nisus (audio) \
plural nisus\ ˈnī-​səs How to pronounce nisus (audio) , -​ˌsüs \

Definition of nisus

: a mental or physical effort to attain an end : a perfective urge or endeavor

First Known Use of nisus

1699, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nisus

Latin, from niti to lean, rely, strive; akin to Latin nictare to wink — more at connive

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“Nisus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nisus. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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nisus

noun
ni·​sus | \ ˈnī-səs How to pronounce nisus (audio) \
plural nisus\ -​səs, -​ˌsüs How to pronounce nisus (audio) \

Medical Definition of nisus

: a mental or physical effort to attain an end

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