• Nisus runs to the rescue of Euryalus
    Nisus runs to the rescue of Euryalus
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nisus an effortful attempt to attain a goal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nisus A striving; an effort; a conatus. "A nisus or energizing towards a presented object."
    • Nisus (Physiol) The contraction of the diaphragm and abdominal muscles to evacuate feces or urine.
    • Nisus (Physiol) The periodic procreative desire manifested in the spring by birds, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nisus Effort; endeavor; conatus.
    • n nisus A genus of small hawks of the family Falconidæ, containing such as are called in Great Britain sparrow-hawks. See Accipiter.
    • n nisus The generative impulse occurring periodically, as with many creatures in the spring.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nisus nī′sus effort, attempt
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. niti, p. p. nisus, to strive
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

They are Pollux, Patrocles, Nisus, Eudamidas, Ephestion, Pechmeja.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
Shot from the crowd, swift Nisus all o'erpass'd; Nor storms, nor thunder, equal half his haste.
"The Aeneid" by Virgil
The episode of Nisus and Eury'alus.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1" by The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Nisus and Euryalus, Lausus and Pallas, come all to unfortunate ends.
"Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
He and Alfgar were inseparable; they seemed to revive again the traditional love of Nisus and Euryalus, or Orestes and Pylades.
"Alfgar the Dane or the Second Chronicle of Aescendune" by A. D. Crake
Nisus led the way, Salius coming second, and Euryalus third, with the rest following close behind.
"The Children's Hour, Volume 3 (of 10)" by Various
He searched the air like Nisus the forest in his quest of Euryalus, and his mind began to misgive him.
"Georges Guynemer" by Henry Bordeaux
In crowds the Teucrians and Sicanians come, First, Nisus and Euryalus.
"The Aeneid of Virgil" by Virgil
There was Ranger and Phipps of the Fifth, backing one another up like another Nisus and Euryalus.
"A Dog with a Bad Name" by Talbot Baines Reed
He selected "Nisus Sum" and "America," as signatures.
"The Little Gold Miners of the Sierras and Other Stories" by Various
The fifth was the son of Nisus and Thione, and the instituter of the Trieterica.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
The preservation of the city depends on a lock of the hair of its king, Nisus.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
These two had become such close friends that the prefect of the camp had likened them to Nisus and Euryalus, for they were inseparable.
"Border Ghost Stories" by Howard Pease
Euryalus and Nisus first.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
Nisus and Euryalus, Lausus and Pallas, come all to unfortunate ends.
"Clarissa: Preface, Hints of Prefaces, and Postscript" by Samuel Richardson
The same thing happened to Nisus, king of Megara, which town was besieged by Minos.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Cloridano and Medoro are Nisus and Euryalus in modern dress.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds
Now, taking as the point of departure the first creative nisus or effort of the Deity, this is true.
"Know the Truth; A critique of the Hamiltonian Theory of Limitation" by Jesse H. Jones
And Nisus said that he had somewhat to say, and that the matter pressed.
"Stories from Virgil" by Alfred J. Church
But mythology comes in and attributes them all to a nisus for self-preservation.
"Human Nature and Conduct" by John Dewey