from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An effort, an endeavour, a striving.
- n. A nisus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A natural tendency inherent in a body to develop itself; an attempt; an effort.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An effort; specifically, a tendency simulating an effort on the part of a plant or an animal to supply a want; a nisus.
From the Latin noun cōnātus. (Wiktionary)