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. See entry at fatigues.
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 tired or exhausted.
Civil Engineering. (of a material) to undergo fatigue.
- fa·tigue·less, adjective
- fa·ti·guing·ly, adverb
- an·ti·fa·tigue, adjective
- un·fa·ti·guing, adjective
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How to use fatigue in a sentence
It’s harder to maintain that work when crisis fatigue sets in, when the world moves on to the next major news event or catastrophe.3 ways to make sure corporate diversity and inclusion efforts have a lasting impact | matthewheimer | August 31, 2020 | Fortune
Getting the balance between fatigue and fitness right determines how fast you’ll race.
This strategy increases visibility, as people notice a brand more when its ads appear on multiple devices and they seem familiar, plus you allow your audience to interact with your brand through their platform of choice and it prevents ad fatigue.Five great display and video advertising tactics to increase relevance and revenue in a cookie-less world | Anastasia-Yvoni Spiliopoulou | August 24, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Notably, if you squeeze a piece of metal over and over, the material is going to fatigue.
For Abby Knowles, a headache and fatigue was just the start.Why COVID-19 is both startlingly unique and painfully familiar | Aimee Cunningham | July 2, 2020 | Science News
Both presidents fit the historical pattern of third-quarter voter fatigue.
fatigue, sadness, or psychosis is not about choice or laziness or selfishness.Postpartum Stigma: Why My Patient Committed Suicide | Jean Kim | August 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
With the Pentagon concerned about fatigue and morale, a lost piece of valuable property is the last thing these families need.
“If done chronically, it can lead to a suppressed immune system, chronic fatigue and memory issues,” he says.
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 | Lizzie Crocker | May 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
fatigue he never knew, and on one occasion he was said to have spent thirteen days and nights in the saddle.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
He soon experienced an unwonted sense of fatigue, then a drowsy sensation came over him.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
And in the midst of his speculations, overpowered by fatigue, he fell asleep, and ate his breakfast next morning very happily.Checkmate | Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
(b) All those who are under 20 and more than 50 years of age, and who are strong enough to endure the fatigue of a campaign.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The young apprentice was of middle height, very well built, amazingly active, and able to bear the utmost fatigue.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for fatigue
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 overactivity: compassion 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
- fatigable (ˈfætɪɡəbəl), adjective
- fatigueless, adjective
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