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

[Latin nīsus, from past participle of nītī, to strive.]
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n, pl -sus
an impulse towards or striving after a goal
[C17: from Latin: effort, from nītī to strive]
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(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]
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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 - a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral or spiritual or political goal
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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.
1-24) `....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.
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.
Due to weaker rupee, a 10 per cent depreciation allows NRIs to enter at a 10 per cent discount compared to the domestic resident counter parts," Nisus Finance Managing Director and CEO Amit Goenka added.
1, when he mentions Camilla, Euryalus, Nisus, and Turnus who died for the well-being of Italy:
(2007) Eurasian sparrow hawk 15.5 [+ or -] 2.5 REUTER et (Accipiter nisus) al.
Blumenbach envisioned that a force should be present in every organism that governed not only the process of regeneration, but also the process of generation itself, a force or drive that he called formative drive [Bildungstrieb]: "That there is no such thing in nature, as pre-existing organized germs: but that the unorganized matter of generation, after being duly prepared, and having arrived at its place of destination takes on a particular action, or nisus, which nisus continues to all through the whole life of the animal, and that by it the first form of the animal, or plant is not only determined, but afterwards preserved, and when deranged, is again restored.
Avian predators in the area include Northern goshawk (Accipiter gentiles), Eurasian sparrow hawk (Accipiter nisus), Northern harrier (Circus cyaneus), Cinereous Vulture (Aegypius monachus) and/or common kestrel (Falco tinnnnculus).
(50) We have, as he puts it, an "inner nisus" toward developing civic virtue.
Ten milliliters of a 15 percent boric acid equivalent (BAE) solution of disodium octaborate tetrahydrate (DOT; RioTinto Minerals, Valencia, California) or a DOT--polyethylene glycol formulation (Bora-Care, Nisus Corp., Knoxville, Tennessee) was placed into each well, allowed to stand for 1 hour, and poured off.
Admissions, diagnoses, and outcomes for eurasian sparrowhawks (Accipiter nisus) brought to a wildlife rehabilitation center in England.