- 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.
verb (used with object), fa·tigued, fa·ti·guing.
verb (used without object), fa·tigued, fa·ti·guing.
- fatigue clothes,
- fatigue fracture,
- fatigue life,
- fatigue limit,
- fatigue ratio
Origin of fatigue
Examples from the Web for fatiguing
The long journey, so far from fatiguing the invalid, proved a source of revival.The Bastonnais|John Lesperance
Beautiful scenery, interesting pictures and tombs,” said Mrs. Browning of this journey, “but a fatiguing experience.The Brownings|Lilian Whiting
Charley went to look for it, and did not join us before we had arrived at our camp, after an unusually long and fatiguing stage.Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia|Ludwig Leichhardt
We now had to inaugurate a new kind of locomotion, which would have the advantage of being rapid and not fatiguing.A Journey to the Centre of the Earth|Jules Verne
I fancy we should do better by taking a few hours' rest, instead of fatiguing ourselves without any definite object.The Trail-Hunter|Gustave Aimard
- any of the mainly domestic duties performed by military personnel, esp as a punishment
- (as modifier)fatigue duties
verb -tigues, -tiguing or -tigued
Word Origin 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.