• WordNet 3.6
    • n effort a notable achievement "he performed a great feat","the book was her finest effort"
    • n effort use of physical or mental energy; hard work "he got an A for effort","they managed only with great exertion"
    • n effort 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"
    • n effort a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end "he supported populist campaigns","they worked in the cause of world peace","the team was ready for a drive toward the pennant","the movement to end slavery","contributed to the war effort"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During World War II, bakers in the United States were ordered to stop selling sliced bread for the duration of the war on January 18, 1943. Only whole loaves were made available to the public. It was never explained how this action helped the war effort.
    • Effort (Mech) A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion.
    • Effort An exertion of strength or power, whether physical or mental, in performing an act or aiming at an object; more or less strenuous endeavor; struggle directed to the accomplishment of an object; as, an effort to scale a wall. "We prize the stronger effort of his power."
    • v. t Effort To stimulate. "He efforted his spirits."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Staten Island, New York it is illegal for a father to call his son a 'faggot' or 'queer' in an effort to curb 'girlie' behavior.
    • n effort Voluntary exertion; a putting forth of the will, consciously directed toward the performance of any action, external or internal, and usually prepared by a psychological act of “gathering the strength” or coördination of the powers. A voluntary action, not requiring such preparation, is, both in the terminology of psychology and in ordinary language, said to be performed without effort.
    • n effort The result of exertion; something done by voluntary exertion; specifically, a literary, oratorical, or artistic work.
    • n effort In mech., a force upon a body due to a definite cause. Thus, a heavy body on an inclined plane is said to have an effort to fall vertically. Also, the effective component of a force.
    • effort To strengthen; reinforce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Swaziland has banned miniskirts in schools in an effort to slow the spread of AIDS.
    • n Effort ef′fort a putting forth of strength: attempt: struggle
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  • George Santayana
    “The effort of art is to keep what is interesting in existence, to recreate it in the eternal.”
  • Pat Riley
    “Great effort springs naturally from a great attitude.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.”
  • Remy De Gourmont
    “The whole effort of a sincere man is to erect his personal impressions into laws.”
  • Euripides
    “Much effort, much prosperity.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
    “Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. effort, OF. esfort, for esfors, esforz, fr. esforcier,. See Efforce
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ex, out, fortis, strong.


In literature:

Without wasting time or effort in conversation, the lad quickly pointed toward a table that lay upturned not far from the trap door.
"Boy Scouts Mysterious Signal" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Pain is shown by the effort the animal exerts to repress the cough.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Probably in 1577, when he was thirteen, he was enlisted by his father in an effort to restore his decaying fortunes.
"A Life of William Shakespeare with portraits and facsimiles" by Sidney Lee
Keeko's plan was clear in her mind, and urgency was speeding her efforts and the efforts of her helpers.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
She must needs place them, make an effort, anyhow, to do so.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Don't you think I could if I wished without bungling the effort?
"The Root of Evil" by Thomas Dixon
Maurice went on without noticing the futile effort.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
And it should stimulate our vigorous effort, for no man will long seek to be better, if he is convinced that the effort is hopeless.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
After the first half-mile all consciousness of effort was gone from the girl.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
During the three weeks that followed he made some frantic efforts to make up lost ground.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward

In poetry:

For a while
Let it be enough:
The responsive smile,
Though effort goes into it.
"Late Evening Song" by Weldon Kees
Then it seems that all thy efforts
Have been useless to unravel
The strange mystery of his fate?
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Gie me a chonce, wi' honest toil
Mi efforts to engage,
Gie me a maister who can smile
When forkin aght mi wage.
"What Aw Want" by John Hartley
While I, with effort hardly quelling
The anguish in my breast,
Wander about the silent dwelling,
And cannot think of rest.
"Honour's Martyr" by Emily Jane Bronte
Stand forth for God and liberty,
Stand forth for human rights;
In one strong effort, worthy thee,
Soul stenciled, be a light.
"Class Valedictorian" by Frank Barbour Coffin
I put my arms around your waist,
A lover’s embrace to taste.
From your resolve it’s obvious
All my efforts will go to waste.
"Rubaiyat 05" by Shams al-Din Hafiz

In news:

Federal, State Effort To Restore Salmon To Connecticut River Essentially Ends.
House effort to recognize atomic bomb with new national park is a dud.
Efforts from the Mayor of Chester, Kenny Morris and an anonymous donor, who generously offered up $250,000, for the payment of the field in Newell were shot down at Monday night's board meeting.
Online Mapping Shows Potential to Transform Relief Efforts.
Lumina Foundation President Jamie P Merisotis: Why City Officials Must Lead Efforts to Increase College Attainment .
Leader's of Nations Cities Must Also Lead the Effort to Increase College Attainment .
Restaurant owners Antonio Crisci and his nephew Sergio Maglione talk about nurturing Italian cuisine in New Zealand, ahead of their joint effort at Taste of Auckland .
An effort that includes allocating broadcast spectrum for mobile use and grants for mobile-related investments.
Presidential Candidates Boost Campaign Efforts.
Tune in to a discussion of recent efforts that are underway to eradicate cell contamination and misidentification.
WASHINGTON — With state and local governments handling the bulk of the immediate response to Hurricane Sandy, federal officials here were left with one critical role: bankrolling the effort.
What followed was the most expansive search effort in aviation history to date, but on July 19, after spending $4 million and scouring 250,000 square miles of ocean, the United States government reluctantly called off the operation.
A team effort helped to develop an automated test system that improves the reliability of helicopter avionics cables and connectors while accelerating production measurements.
Next year's city budget includes $25,000 for the effort.
The White House is stressing American efforts made in regards to economic issues with South American allies ahead of a weekend summit in Colombia, but a key GOP lawmaker wants President Obama to get tough with America's foes in the region.

In science:

We have indeed found frozen eigenvalues near the p-th roots of unity and their eigenfunctions localized near elliptic period-p orbits for p up to 6; without much further effort such signatures of higher periods could be identified.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
The numerical effort of this method scales with the square of the matrix dimension.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
However this effort results a huge difference in computation time.
The inversion is still a technical nuisance of the method, nevertheless, the transparency of the form of the potential is worth the effort.
Exact Inflationary Solutions from a Superpotential
This result will hopefully stimulate new efforts to solve the RG equations for different systems analytically in 1d also outside the critical point, and in higher dimensions to perform numerical calculations and get more precise estimates for the Griffiths-McCoy singularities.
Griffiths-McCoy singularities in random quantum spin chains: Exact results through renormalization