fatigues


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fa·tigue

 (fə-tēg′)
n.
1. Physical or mental weariness resulting from effort or activity.
2. Something, such as tiring effort or activity, that causes tiredness or weariness: the fatigue of a long hike.
3. Physiology The decreased capacity or complete inability of an organism, organ, or part to function normally because of excessive stimulation or prolonged exertion.
4. The weakening or failure of a material, such as metal or wood, resulting from prolonged stress.
5.
a. Manual or menial labor, such as barracks cleaning, assigned to soldiers.
b. fatigues Clothing worn by military personnel for labor or for field duty.
v. fa·tigued, fa·tigu·ing, fa·tigues
v.tr.
1. To tire out; exhaust.
2. To create fatigue in (a metal or other material).
v.intr.
To be or become tired. See Synonyms at tire1.

[French, from Old French, from fatiguer, to fatigue, from Latin fatīgāre.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fatigues - military uniform worn by military personnel when doing menial laborfatigues - military uniform worn by military personnel when doing menial labor
military uniform - prescribed identifying uniform for soldiers
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
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I lay abed and read and rested from my journey's fatigues the remainder of that Sunday, but I sent my agent to represent me at the afternoon service, for I never allow anything to interfere with my habit of attending church twice every Sunday.
Roused to new ardor, they forgot, for a time, their fatigues, and hurried down the mountain, dragging their jaded horses after them, and sometimes compelling them to slide a distance of thirty or forty feet at a time.
No, Dick: in quitting Lake Tchad, he passed through the different towns of Bornou, and intersected the Niger at Say, four degrees below Goa; then he penetrated to the bosom of those unexplored countries which the Niger embraces in its elbow; and, after eight months of fresh fatigues, he arrived at Timbuctoo; all of which we may do in about three days with as swift a wind as this.
They entered Oxford, but she could take only a hasty glimpse of Edmund's college as they passed along, and made no stop anywhere till they reached Newbury, where a comfortable meal, uniting dinner and supper, wound up the enjoyments and fatigues of the day.
It was still early, when the fatigues of the day brought on a drowsy longing for perfect rest, and she laid down her head, looking at the faint, dying flush in the west, where the one golden lamp was getting brighter and brighter.
Though our place of residence at Diou is one of the most beautiful in all the Indies, we stayed there only a few days, and as soon as we had recovered our fatigues went on board the ships that were appointed to convoy the northern fleet.
Never once did he complain of the length or fatigue of a journey, never make an objection to pack his portmanteau for whatever country it might be, or however far away, whether China or Congo.
Toward four o'clock, strong as I am, fatigue got the better of me.
A happy circumstance for poor Sophia; whose fears, joined to her fatigue, had almost overpowered her spirits; but she was now instantly relieved by a female voice, that greeted her in the softest manner, and with the utmost civility.
For several miles Worson went on very well, at an easy gait, without apparent fatigue, for he had really great powers of endurance and was not sufficiently intoxicated to enfeeble them.
After leaving the road the man slackened his pace, and now went forward, rather deviously, with a distinct feeling of fatigue.
Pickwick, though able to sustain a very considerable amount of exertion and fatigue, was not proof against such a combination of attacks as he had undergone on the memorable night, recorded in the last chapter.