Definition of "rigor" []

  • Strictness or severity, as in temperament, action, or judgment. (noun)
  • A harsh or trying circumstance; hardship. See Synonyms at difficulty. (noun)
  • A harsh or cruel act. (noun)
  • Medicine Shivering or trembling, as caused by a chill. (noun)
  • Physiology A state of rigidity in living tissues or organs that prevents response to stimuli. (noun)
  • A sudden feeling of chilliness, often accompanied by shivering: it sometimes precedes a fever (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.

  • Rigidity of a muscle; muscular cramp (noun)
  • A state of rigidity assumed by some animals in reaction to sudden shock (noun)
  • The inertia assumed by some plants in conditions unfavourable to growth (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "rigor" in a sentence
  • "Whatever this kind of blog discourse may lack in conventional "rigor" is certainly balanced out by its immediacy and its enthusiasm."
  • "So the book added a certain rigor and pushed me to make the ‘project’ whole and complete on some level."
  • "Further, as physicists understand, but many economists do not, rigor is not the same as mathematical formalism."