from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An effort or endeavor to realize an aim.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a mental or physical effort to attain a specific goal; a striving
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A striving; an effort; a conatus.
- n. The periodic procreative desire manifested in the spring by birds, etc.
- n. The contraction of the diaphragm and abdominal muscles to evacuate feces or urine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Effort; endeavor; conatus.
- n. A genus of small hawks of the family Falconidæ, containing such as are called in Great Britain sparrow-hawks. See Accipiter.
- n. The generative impulse occurring periodically, as with many creatures in the spring.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an effortful attempt to attain a goal
"nisus"; not even _struggle_, in the sense of _contention_, an endeavour an effort, a strain.
'nisus' will, I think, be more profitably employed in enkindling meditation on holiness, and thirstings after the mind of Christ.
Barfield believes in a nisus, a struggling to be born and to emerge into consciousness of the internal ordering principle by which a plant develops, an embryo develops, etc.
And the effort of that nexus is, as Barfield likes to put it, a nisus — and a very useful word.
While our concerns surely be grounded in "abandonment, exposure, and vulnerability," it is worth staying awake to the evolutionary nisus that beckons.
The temptation to prove or disprove something with an aphorism or epigram secures instant juvenile glee, but nisus of impelling wider perspective flee.
He insists that religious belief as a whole is not superstition, and that it is true so far as it is an expression of a ˜nisus to totality™ or a ˜move to wholeness.™
The following bird species occur in the Laurissilva forest: Accipiter nisus, Apus unicolor and Fringila coelebs maderensis.
The attitude that words may be discarded -- indeed, that words have caducity at all -- is not salubriously abstergent, but reflects an agrestic nisus that all cultivated English speakers must eschew.
The operation of a nisus perhaps needs the tension of a conflictsome scenario and hence, the actual hardly helps.