- weariness from bodily or mental exertion.
- a cause of weariness; slow ordeal; exertion: the fatigue of driving for many hours.
- Physiology. temporary diminution of the irritability or functioning of organs, tissues, or cells after excessive exertion or stimulation.
- Civil Engineering. the weakening or breakdown of material subjected to stress, especially a repeated series of stresses.
- Also called fatigue duty. Military.
- labor of a generally nonmilitary kind done by soldiers, such as cleaning up an area, digging drainage ditches, or raking leaves.
- the state of being engaged in such labor: on fatigue.
- fatigues, Military. fatigue clothes.
- of or relating to fatigues or any clothing made to resemble them: The guerrilla band wore fatigue pants and field jackets. She brought fatigue shorts to wear on the hike.
- to weary with bodily or mental exertion; exhaust the strength of: Endless chatter fatigues me.
- Civil Engineering. to subject (a material) to fatigue.
- to become fatigued.
- Civil Engineering. (of a material) to undergo fatigue.
Origin of fatigue
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- a soldier's uniform for fatigue duty.
Origin of fatigue clothes
Examples from the Web for fatigue
Fatigue, sadness, or psychosis is not about choice or laziness or selfishness.Postpartum Stigma: Why My Patient Committed Suicide
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With the Pentagon concerned about fatigue and morale, a lost piece of valuable property is the last thing these families need.American G.I.s: Dude, Where’s My Car?
July 16, 2014
Fatigue feels heavy, like I am trudging through life with a 300-pound man on my back.YouTube’s Sleep Whisperers Are A Sexy Way To Combat Insomnia
May 3, 2014
There's debate about whether it's a true addiction, but it's definitely bad moods, anxiety, fatigue.Weed Gave My Family Everything—Then Took It Away
April 9, 2014
He showed no signs of haste, nor of fatigue, nor of any human feeling.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
The Czar might retreat until his pursuers perished of fatigue and hunger.
One of its most deadly weapons is fatigue, or the simulation of fatigue.The Conquest of Fear
Fatigue made the ladies glad to be shown to the rooms prepared for them.Weighed and Wanting
It was as if she found in sheer activity and fatigue a remedy for her uneasiness.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Renmark stepped into the light, and she saw his face was haggard with fatigue and anxiety.In the Midst of Alarms
- physical or mental exhaustion due to exertion
- a tiring activity or effort
- physiol the temporary inability of an organ or part to respond to a stimulus because of overactivity
- the progressive cracking of a material subjected to alternating stresses, esp vibrations
- the temporary inability to respond to a situation or perform a function, because of overexposure or overactivitycompassion fatigue
- any of the mainly domestic duties performed by military personnel, esp as a punishment
- (as modifier)fatigue duties
- (plural) special clothing worn by military personnel to carry out such duties
- to make or become weary or exhausted
- to crack or break (a material or part) by inducing fluctuating stresses in it, or (of a metal or part) to become weakened or fail as a result of fluctuating stresses
Word Origin and History for fatigue
1660s, "that which causes weariness," from French fatigue "weariness," from fatiguer "to tire," from Latin fatigare, originally "to cause to break down," later, "to weary, fatigue, tire out," from pre-Latin adj. *fati-agos "driving to the point of breakdown," from Old Latin *fatis (of unknown origin, related to adv. affatim "sufficiently" and to fatisci "crack, split") + root of agere "to drive" (see act (n.)). Meaning "weariness from exertion" is from 1719.
1690s, from French fatiguer (15c.), from fatigue (see fatigue (n.). Earlier in same sense was fatigate (1530s). Related: Fatigued; fatiguing.
- Physical or mental weariness resulting from exertion.
- A sensation of boredom and lassitude due to absence of stimulation, to monotony, or to lack of interest in one's surroundings.
- The decreased capacity or complete inability of an organism, organ, or part to function normally because of excessive stimulation or prolonged exertion.