Definition of "fatigue" []

  • Physical or mental weariness resulting from exertion. (noun)
  • Something, such as tiring effort or activity, that causes weariness: the fatigue of a long hike. (noun)
  • Physiology The decreased capacity or complete inability of an organism, an organ, or a part to function normally because of excessive stimulation or prolonged exertion. (noun)
  • The weakening or failure of a material, such as metal or wood, resulting from prolonged stress. (noun)
  • Manual or menial labor, such as barracks cleaning, assigned to soldiers. (noun)
  • Physical or mental exhaustion due to exertion (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A tiring activity or effort (noun)
  • The temporary inability of an organ or part to respond to a stimulus because of overactivity (noun)
  • The progressive cracking of a material subjected to alternating stresses, esp vibrations (noun)
  • The temporary inability to respond to a situation or perform a function, because of overexposure or overactivity (noun)
  • Any of the mainly domestic duties performed by military personnel, esp as a punishment (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Special clothing worn by military personnel to carry out such duties (noun)
  • To make or become weary or exhausted (verb)
  • To crack or break (a material or part) by inducing fluctuating stresses in it, or (of a metal or part) to become weakened or fail as a result of fluctuating stresses (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "fatigue" in a sentence
  • "Scientists, lawmakers, industry executives, safety advocates and operators themselves all say fatigue is an issue that needs more attention, but the regulatory process sometimes allows proposals to languish for decades."
  • "And then you just have to factor in fatigue in general because this team has been to the finals three straight years."
  • ""Glee" fatigue is setting in for me, and Tuesdays are starting to feel like karaoke night."