• WordNet 3.6
    • n exertion use of physical or mental energy; hard work "he got an A for effort","they managed only with great exertion"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • n exertion The act of exerting; the act of putting into motion or action; effort; a striving: as, an exertion of strength or power; an exertion of the limbs or of the mind.
    • n exertion Synonyms Endeavor, attempt, trial.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • 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.
    • n Exertion a bringing into active operation: effort: attempt
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. exserĕre, exsertumex, out, serĕre, to put together.


In literature:

I have cast him down by my superior strength, and it is this strength I now exert for your happiness.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
Devereux, who was unfit for any exertion, remained in the chains.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
She accordingly exerted herself to have the case brought before the President.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
The more powerful the blast, the greater must be the exertion by which it is controlled.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
Danny was flushed and perspiring from recent violent exertions on the bars.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
We are past the hour of lenitives and half exertions.
"The Campaign of 1776 around New York and Brooklyn" by Henry P. Johnston
Would it not be possible, by a little extra exertion, to deprive him of his pension?
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
But predictions of failure in such cases only prompt to greater exertions, and I persevered.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
From his literary exertions, Hogg was long, subsequent to his arrival in the metropolis, in deriving substantial pecuniary emolument.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
I in return watched our guards, and one by one I saw sleep exerting its influence over them.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston

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
'Tis you protect their pregnant hour;
And when the birth's at hand,
Exerting your obstetric power,
Prevent a mothless land.
"To the Virtuosi" by William Shenstone
'One, who always attentive and dear,
Every effort exerted to please,
My desolate prospect to cheer,
To study my health and my ease.
"The Old Fisherman" by Matilda Betham
A worthy priest for fasting and prayer
And mortification most deserving;
And as for preaching beyond compare,
He'd exert his powers for three or four hours,
With greater pith than Sydney Smith
Or the Reverend Edward Irving.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
"See Clarke, with ev'ry goodness grac'd,
Her mind the seat of Wit and Taste;
Tho' Wealth invites to Pleasure's bow'r,
See her the haunts of Woe descend;
Of many a friendless wretch the friend,
Pleas'd she exerts sweet Pity's pow'r.
"Lines To Mrs. A. Clarke" by Sir John Carr
He knew that the pass was defended by a stout tower,
And to destroy the garrison the enemy would exert all their power;
But he hoped to be able to warn the French of their danger,
But to the thirty men garrisoned there he was quite a stranger.
"The First Grenadier of France" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Studies Show PGE2 Receptor EP4 Exerts Protective Effects in Stroke that Can Be Boosted Pharmacologically .
This paper proposes a mechatronic platform which measures low forces and torques exerted by subjects.
Maybe a little less exertion could mean a lot more longevity.
At certain times of year, that destination exerts a magnetic force on us.
Kathleen Mathews said to exert deadly influence over family.
Although Herz is just one of seven members on the board, he is the chairman—and could exert powerful influence on the outcome of the project.
Soviet Union leaders were worried, exerted pressure prior to 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series.
The Theosophical Society was created in 1875 by Henry Steel Olcott and Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, who exerted a charismatic sway over converts until her death in 1891.
In the video below, humanity was able to exert a bit of revenge on the thieving birds with a simple trick involving some french fries and a glass windshield.
A life of lifting, riding, shifting and physical exertion often leads them to a long-term relationship with osteopathic surgeons.
It requires no commitment to yourself or society, little exertion, no tough decisions, no trauma, no social involvement.
Ave Money, Time and Physical Exertion.
Because the body is partially supported by the chair, you don't need to exert as much energy to stay balanced in the pose , so you can focus on the stretch itself.
State officials could exert influence over Texas and the Big 12, sources say.
And while some may say the unions exert too much influence in California, Lind says getting involved with public policy is really in the best interest for the entire industry.

In science:

These ob jects will exert radiative feedback onto the next generation of haloes that form inside the same tree.
On the population of primordial star clusters in the presence of UV background radiation
However, no attention has been paid to the issue about the long-term stability of the systems permanently exerting fluctuations. The question is how the system regulates the characteristics of the fluctuations in order to stay stable.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
In sequel, for systems subject to spatial coherence, there is no “equilibrium” state: they permanently exert motion in the state space.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
T is associated with each ∆ . In the course of the time the multi-valued relation is exerted as random choice of the duration of the “embedding” intervals.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
The first one is associated with the diluted closed systems where the stochastising interactions yields establishing of thermodynamical-like behavior, i.e. once the equilibrium is reached, the system remains in it and never exerts significant deviations.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos