American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The use of physical or mental energy to do something; exertion.
- n. A difficult exertion of the strength or will: It was an effort to get up.
- n. A usually earnest attempt: Make an effort to arrive promptly.
- n. Something done or produced through exertion; an achievement: a play that was his finest effort.
- n. Physics Force applied against inertia.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Voluntary exertion; a putting forth of the will, consciously directed toward the performance of any action, external or internal, and usually prepared by a psychological act of “gathering the strength” or coördination of the powers. A voluntary action, not requiring such preparation, is, both in the terminology of psychology and in ordinary language, said to be performed without effort.
- n. The result of exertion; something done by voluntary exertion; specifically, a literary, oratorical, or artistic work.
- n. In mech., a force upon a body due to a definite cause. Thus, a heavy body on an inclined plane is said to have an effort to fall vertically. Also, the effective component of a force.
- To strengthen; reinforce.
- n. The work involved in performing an activity; exertion.
- n. An endeavour.
- v. uncommon To make an effort.
- v. obsolete To stimulate.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An exertion of strength or power, whether physical or mental, in performing an act or aiming at an object; more or less strenuous endeavor; struggle directed to the accomplishment of an object.
- n. (Mech.) A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion.
- v. obsolete To stimulate.
- n. earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
- n. use of physical or mental energy; hard work
- n. a notable achievement
- n. a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
- From Middle French effort, from Old French esfort, deverbal noun from esforcier ("to force, exert"), from Vulgar Latin *exfortiare, from Latin ex + fortis ("strong") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French esfort, from esforcier, to force, exert, from Medieval Latin exfortiāre : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin fortis, strong; see bhergh-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“By the _result_ of our effort, or by the _effort itself_?”
“The main effort is now being concentrated on the Raba and the Danube," he said.”
“The write-in effort is a grassroots one of thousands of DC voters, so I'm sure there will be different reactions.”
“Anticipating what he called an effort to "blame the victim," Assistant District Attorney Brian Weinberg said the evidence in the trial will show the case isn't about politics.”
“Our number one mission in this effort is to be historic.”
“Claessens, who has been scanning with a group of his students since the “Aves 3D” project got under way in August, said much of the effort is aimed at disarticulated bones of specimens, so that the scanner can image the entire bone, including the ends and surfaces that might not be accessible in an assembled specimen.”
“This effort is also no doubt timed to lessen the impact of the March on Washington scheduled for the very next day.”
“And at the center of their effort is the director, Fish, who seems a more agreeable version of the finicky, exasperated comedian Larry David, whom he resembles, right down to the CurbYour Enthusiasm logo on the baseball cap he wears pulled down to his eyebrows.”
“While Paterson's pardon panels would not change the way immigration courts are run, the effort is arguably a push to add a bit of discretion back into the system.”
“Ben Hecht, the company's CEO, said the effort is a collaborative process:”
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