Definition of Nisus

1. Noun. An effortful attempt to attain a goal.

Exact synonyms: Pains, Strain, Striving
Generic synonyms: Attempt, Effort, Endeavor, Endeavour, Try
Specialized synonyms: Jehad, Jihad
Derivative terms: Strain, Strain, Strenuous, Strive

Definition of Nisus

1. n. A striving; an effort; a conatus.

2. n. The periodic procreative desire manifested in the spring by birds, etc.

Definition of Nisus

1. Noun. a mental or physical effort to attain a specific goal; a striving ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Nisus

1. an effort [n NISUS] - See also: effort

Lexicographical Neighbors of Nisus

niseis
nisey
nish
nishes
nishi
nisi
nisin
nisoldipine
nisoxetine
nisse
nissen fundoplication
nisses
nissl bodies
nissonite
niste
nisus (current term)
nit
nit-noid
nit-picker
nit-picking
nit-picky
nit comb
nit nurse
nitazoxanide
nitch
nitchie
nitchies
nite
nitencies
nitency

Literary usage of Nisus

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Age of Fable; Or, Stories of Gods and Heroes by Thomas Bulfinch (1856)
"nisus AND SCYLLA. MINOS, king of Crete, made war upon Megara. nisus was king of Megara, and Scylla was his daughter. The siege had now lasted six months, ..."

2. The Naval History of Great Britain: From the Declaration of War by France in by William James, Frederick Chamier (1837)
"The nisus had sailed from Lorient on the 30th of October with a cargo of flour, ... Being a fine brig of 337 tons, the nisus was added to the British navy ..."

3. The Æneid of Virgil by Virgil (1910)
"Thither in haste arrived the noble pair, Brave nisus with Euryalus his ... Iulus to the anxious striplings gave A friendly welcome, bidding nisus speak. ..."

4. Catalogue of the Birds in the British Museum by Richard Bowdler Sharpe (1874)
"L p. 92 (1828). Faun. Bor.-Am. Bird», p. 44 (1831). nisus striatus, CWr. Règne An. L p. 334 (1829). nisus pennsylvanicus, Cut. A A. ip 334 (1829). nisus ..."

5. The Poetical Works of John Dryden by John Dryden (1909)
"THE ENTIRE EPISODE OF nisus AND EURYALUS, TRANSLATED FROM THE FIFTH AND NINTH BOOKS ... One of these games was a foot race, in which nisus and Euryalus were ..."

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