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n. pl. nisus
An effort or endeavor to realize an aim.

[Latin nīsus, from past participle of nītī, to strive.]


n, pl -sus
an impulse towards or striving after a goal
[C17: from Latin: effort, from nītī to strive]


(ˈnaɪ səs)

n., pl. -sus.
a striving toward a particular goal or attainment; effort; impulse.
[1690–1700; < Latin nīsus act of planting the feet, effort, derivative of nīt(ī) to support or exert oneself]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nisus - an effortful attempt to attain a goalnisus - an effortful attempt to attain a goal
attempt, effort, try, endeavor, endeavour - earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something; "made an effort to cover all the reading material"; "wished him luck in his endeavor"; "she gave it a good try"
jehad, jihad - a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal
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I may add that they say the author left it on record that he likened their friendship to that of Nisus and Euryalus, and Pylades and Orestes; and if that be so, it may be perceived, to the admiration of mankind, how firm the friendship must have been between these two peaceful animals, shaming men, who preserve friendships with one another so badly.
He was the son of Nisus, who was son to king Aretias, and he was foremost among all the suitors from the wheat-growing and well grassed island of Dulichium; his conversation, moreover, was more agreeable to Penelope than that of any of the other suitors, for he was a man of good natural disposition.
Eurynome the daughter of Nisus, Pandion's son, to whom Pallas Athene taught all her art, both wit and wisdom too; for she was as wise as the gods.
and was president and CEO of Nisus, a subsidiary of Pan-American Life from 1992 to 1995.
He has earlier held the position of president and chief executive officer of Nisus, a subsidiary of Pan-American Life, has spent 12 years at Willis Corroonw and was a director of the Life Insurance Marketing Research Association (LIMRA) and the Life Office Management Association (LOMA).
For a comprehensive study on Congar's communion ecclesiology, see Alain Nisus, L'Eglise comme communion et comme institution: une lecture de l'ecclesiologie du cardinal Congar a partir des Eglises de professants (Paris: Cerf, 2012).
Virgil focuses on this aspect in Book IX through the story of Euryalus and Nisus.
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Norfolk Southern will be using copper naphthenate -- an eco-friendly chemical from Nisus that preserves wood -- on its railroad ties, according to Nisus, a pest-control chemical company based in Rockford, Tenn.
us); Research Scientist, Nisus Corporation, Rockford, Tennessee; Associate Professor and Wood Products Extension Specialist, and Associate Professor, Univ.
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This mother-child relationship is mirrored in the sixth poem in Silenus' songs about Scylla, the daughter of Nisus, and the banquet Philomela presented to Tereus, though these examples represent the darker side of parent-child relationships.