WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
fa•tigue /fəˈtig/USA pronunciation
n., v., -tigued, -ti•guing. n.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
v. [~ + object]
- Physiology weariness from exertion:[uncountable]I had a feeling of great fatigue after that long trip.
- Civil Engineering the weakening of material that has undergone stress, esp. repeated stress:[uncountable]Metal fatigue is causing that bridge to crack.
- Militaryfatigues. Also called faˈtigue ˌclothes. [plural] military clothing worn for routine jobs or in battle.
- to cause to be weary;
enervate:Climbing the mountain fatigued the whole group.
(fə tēg′),USA pronunciation n., adj., v., -tigued, -ti•guing. n.
- Physiologyweariness from bodily or mental exertion.
- a cause of weariness;
exertion:the fatigue of driving for many hours.
- Physiologytemporary diminution of the irritability or functioning of organs, tissues, or cells after excessive exertion or stimulation.
- Civil Engineeringthe weakening or breakdown of material subjected to stress, esp. a repeated series of stresses.
- MilitaryAlso called fatigue′ du′ty.
- Militarylabor 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.
- Militaryfatigues, See fatigue clothes.
- of or pertaining 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 Engineeringto subject (a material) to fatigue.
- to become fatigued.
- Civil Engineering(of a material) to undergo fatigue.
- Latin fatīgāre to tire
- French fatigue (noun, nominal), fatiguer (verb, verbal)
- 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tire, debilitate, enervate.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
fatigue /fəˈtiːɡ/ n
vb ( -tigues, -tiguing, -tigued)
- physical or mental exhaustion due to exertion
- a tiring activity or effort
- 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
- (plural) special clothing worn by military personnel to carry out such duties
Etymology: 17th Century: from French, from fatiguer to tire, from Latin fatīgārefatigable /ˈfætɪɡəbəl/ adj
- to make or become weary or exhausted
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