- 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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Examples from the Web for fatiguing
The day was excessively hot again, and walking was most fatiguing.Explorations in Australia
This was our most fatiguing day, and we wanted our last encampment to be the best.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
In the present delicate state of their health this would be too fatiguing.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
His next whim was to be a locksmith; but this calling he found too fatiguing.The Fat and the Thin
Help yourself, and remember you 'll have a fatiguing day to-morrow!Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
- 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 fatiguing
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.