• WordNet 3.6
    • v exert put to use "exert one's power or influence"
    • v exert have and exercise "wield power and authority"
    • v exert make a great effort at a mental or physical task "exert oneself"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An insect exerts so much energy in one hour of flying that it may lose as much as a third of its total body weight.
    • Exert To put force, ability, or anything of the nature of an active faculty; to put in vigorous action; to bring into active operation; as, to exert the strength of the body, limbs, faculties, or imagination; to exert the mind or the voice.
    • Exert To put forth, as the result or exercise of effort; to bring to bear; to do or perform. "When we will has exerted an act of command on any faculty of the soul or member of the body."
    • Exert To thrust forth; to emit; to push out. "So from the seas exerts his radiant head
      The star by whom the lights of heaven are led."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world's tallest mountains, the Himalayas, are also the fastest growing. Their growth about half an inch a year is caused by the pressure exerted by two of Earth's continental plates (the Eurasian plate and the Indo-Australian plate) pushing against one another.
    • exert To put forth; thrust out; push out; emit.
    • exert To put forth, as strength, force, or ability; put in action; bring into active operation: as, to exert the strength of the body; to exert powers or faculties.
    • exert To put forth as the result of effort; do or perform.
    • exert To put forth effort or energy.
    • exert See exserted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Air is denser in cold weather. A wind of the same speed can exert 25 percent more force during the winter as compared to the summer.
    • v.t Exert egz-ėrt′ to bring into active operation: to do or perform
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  • Robert Burns
    “Firmness in enduring and exertion is a character I always wish to possess. I have always despised the whining yelp of complaint and cowardly resolve.”
  • B. C. Forbes
    “Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “The humblest individual exerts some influence, either for good or evil, upon others.”
  • Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland
    Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland
    “Laughter is the most healthful exertion.”
  • Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt
    “Possession, it is true, crowns exertion with rest; but it is only in the illusions of fancy that it has power to charm us.”
  • George Santayana
    “Many possessions, if they do not make a man better, are at least expected to make his children happier; and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. exertus, exsertus, p. p. of exerere, exserere, to thrust out; ex, out + serere, to join or bind together. See Series, and cf. Exsert
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exserĕre, exsertumex, out, serĕre, to put together.


In literature:

Increased redness occurs physiologically in painful conditions, excitement, and following severe exertion.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The origin of each of these is exertional.
"Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge" by Alexander Philip
The cacique also exerted himself to procure a great quantity of gold.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
The labourers meantime are exerting themselves to the utmost to repair the damages which have been effected in their fortress.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
On the following, they were so gorged that they were utterly unable to make any exertion.
"Adventures in Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Now, again exerting all their strength, they once more made progress in the direction of the wreck.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
The sail was hauled out finally by the exertions of the mate.
"The Coming Wave" by Oliver Optic
Over-exertion is a most fruitful cause of disease.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
The gentlemen, therefore, had to depend on their own exertions, aided by Owen.
"Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs" by William H. G. Kingston
The greatest exertions were made to screen him.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay

In poetry:

William exerted all his care, in
Learning to be a Fop;
As girls of twelve most studious are, in
Learning to twirl a mop.
"The Spotted Coat" by William Hutton
In prosp'rous state, o'er all she show'rs
The various blessings giv'n;
In humble life exerts her pow'rs
And trusts the rest to Heav'n.
"Louisa. A Tale." by Jane Bowdler
I know, O Lord! thy power is not less
In few than many — thou canst grant success
E'en to the weakest — and dost oft delight
Against the strongest to exert thy might.
"The Soldier's Prayer" by Rees Prichard
But gravitation's law, of course,
As Isaac Newton showed it,
Exerted on the cheese its force,
And elsewhere soon bestowed it.
In fact, there is no need to tell
What happened when to earth it fell.
"The Sycophantic Fox And The Gullible Raven" by Guy Wetmore Carryl
Exert thy Voice, sweet Harbinger of Spring!
This Moment is thy Time to sing,
This Moment I attend to Praise,
And set my Numbers to thy Layes.
Free as thine shall be my Song;
As thy Musick, short, or long.
"To The Nightingale" by Anne Kingsmill Finch
And then he put forth all his strength,
His warmth with might and main exerted,
Till upward in its tube at length
The mercury most nimbly spurted.
Phenomenal the curious sight was,
So swift the rise in Fahrenheit was.
"The Impetuous Breeze And The Diplomatic Sun" by Guy Wetmore Carryl

In news:

The 2012 elections may prove to be a turning point in California politics – one that has been many years in the making – as the political might of the expanding ethnic voter population fully exerted itself in this year's statewide elections.
For the past few decades, the Oakland police union has exerted substantial influence over City Hall.
And then there are the bead -related exertions — throwing, catching and bending down to pick them.
So you were welcome to exert your literacy all over them from the moment they hit the door step, to the moment I got home from work around five o'clock.
Imagine the immense pressure being exerted on Craig Leipold, the man who no longer wants to own the Nashville Predators.
In addition to misdeeds before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the public deserves to know what sort of oversight the agency - and the Obama administration - exerted over the efforts to cap the spill.
Riders reportedly made the 26-mile round trip to St Peter in less than two hours, with three horses dying from exertion.
Tensions escalated one battle at a time as one neighbor tried to exert his ownership – by planting a small garden on the disputed turf, then placing a large boulder between the properties.
He rated the exertion at 16, between the hard and very hard levels.
True to form, Gerry sat right behind me to exert maximum influence on my thoughts.
If we retain the legal construction of marriage, we risk powerful moral institutions exerting their influence over the law.
The National Transitional Council is struggling to exert control over militia groups in Libya.
National Traditional Council is struggling to exert control over militia.
Gangham-style dance exertion can (and did) kill a man.
This exclusive online-only story package explores the growing interest in the issue of teacher leadership , highlighting programs and initiatives designed to help teachers advance in their careers and exert more influence in schools.

In science:

The torque exerted on the outer ring by the inner ring is given by the net outward angular momentum flux.
Is Angular Momentum in an Accretion Disk Transported Inwards?
The conservative force exerted to the particle is: − ∇U (αtesting ).
Generalized Steiner's Problem and its Solution with the Concepts in Field Thoery
The Parker instability is induced by the magnetic buoyancy of uniform component of magnetic field, while gas pressure and random component exert stabilizing effects.
The Effect of the Random Magnetic Field Component on the Parker Instability
In the rest system of the CB the ISM sweptup nuclei are isotropically re-emitted, exerting an inwards force on the CB’s surface.
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
The underlying physics is mean-field like: one considers thermal motion of an individual molecule upon which all the other molecules exert just a constant friction.
Structural Relaxation and Mode Coupling in a Simple Liquid: Depolarized Light Scattering in Benzene