rigour

[ rig-er ]
/ ˈrɪg ər /

noun Chiefly British.

Definition for rigour (2 of 2)

rigor

[ rig-er ]
/ ˈrɪg ər /

noun

Also especially British, rig·our.

Origin of rigor

1350–1400; Middle English rigour < Latin rigor stiffness, equivalent to rig(ēre) to be stiff + -or -or1

SYNONYMS FOR rigor

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British Dictionary definitions for rigour (1 of 2)

rigour

US rigor

/ (ˈrɪɡə) /

noun

harsh but just treatment or action
a severe or cruel circumstance; hardshipthe rigours of famine
strictness, harshness, or severity of character
strictness in judgment or conduct; rigorism
maths logic logical validity or accuracy
obsolete rigidity

Word Origin for rigour

C14: from Latin rigor

British Dictionary definitions for rigour (2 of 2)

rigor

/ (ˈraɪɡɔː, ˈrɪɡə) /

noun

med a sudden feeling of chilliness, often accompanied by shivering: it sometimes precedes a fever
(ˈrɪɡə) pathol rigidity of a muscle; muscular cramp
a state of rigidity assumed by some animals in reaction to sudden shock
the inertia assumed by some plants in conditions unfavourable to growth

Word Origin for rigor

see rigour
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Medicine definitions for rigour

rigor

[ rĭgər ]

n.

rigidity
Shivering or trembling, as caused by a chill.
A state of rigidity in living tissues or organs that prevents response to stimuli.
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