• WordNet 3.6
    • adj strenuous taxing to the utmost; testing powers of endurance "his final, straining burst of speed","a strenuous task","your willingness after these six arduous days to remain here"- F.D.Roosevelt"
    • adj strenuous characterized by or performed with much energy or force "strenuous exercise"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Strenuous Eagerly pressing or urgent; zealous; ardent; earnest; bold; valiant; intrepid; as, a strenuous advocate for national rights; a strenuous reformer; a strenuous defender of his country. "And spirit-stirring wine, that strenuous makes.""Strenuous , continuous labor is pain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • strenuous Strong; vigorous; active; pushing.
    • strenuous Eagerly pressing or urgent; energetic; zealous; ardent; bold; earnest; valiant; intrepid.
    • strenuous Necessitating vigor or energy; accompanied by labor or exertion.
    • strenuous Synonyms and Energetic, resolute.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Strenuous stren′ū-us active: vigorous: urgent: zealous: bold: necessitating exertion
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  • Edwin P. Whipple
    Edwin P. Whipple
    “Cheerfulness in most cheerful people, is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “A day spent in a round of strenuous idleness.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A strenuous soul hates cheap success.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. strenuus,; cf. Gr. strong, hard, rough, harsh
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. strenuus, akin to Gr. strēnēs, strong.


In literature:

It was a strenuous journey and Jim was worn out when he climbed the hill to the telegraph camp.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Yes, the strenuous spirit is a long time dead in Khalid.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
Several firms made strenuous efforts to induce laborers to come from the South.
"Negro Migration during the War" by Emmett J. Scott
But there was no time to waste and recruiting was strenuously pushed.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Men, for the most part, toil strenuously in that wild land.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
Here he went in and had a strenuous half-hour with the instructor, but nothing served to restore his peace of mind.
"Jan and Her Job" by L. Allen Harker
It was the sort of thing that her aunt and brother would object to most strenuously.
"Cloudy Jewel" by Grace Livingston Hill
There was strenuous objection to this plan by some of its friends but the majority prevailed.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
Friday and Saturday (August 22 and 23) were strenuous days for the Prince.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
I dispute that belief strenuously.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking

In poetry:

Alas, in vain I turned away,
I fled the town in vain;
The strenuous life of yesterday
Calleth me back again.
"Cambridge in the Long" by Amy Levy
Its flower is firm and fresh
And stout like sturdiest flesh
Of children: all
The strenuous blast that parches
Spring hurts it not till March is
Near his fall.
"A Child's Battles" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
There was that eager strenuous press
To sow good seed;
There was that saving from distress
In the nick of need;
There were those words in the wilderness:
Who cared to heed?
""I Sometimes Think"" by Thomas Hardy
Yarrawonga dreamed in peace,
Watched her flocks and herds increase,
Drugged by wealth she sleepier grew,
Scorned the strenuous and new,
Scorned all haste and modern ways,
Yet oozed contentment all her days.
"Yarrawonga" by C J Dennis
There, if the cup
Of Time, that brims ere we can reach repose,
Fill'd slow, the soul might summon up
The strenuous heat of youth, the silenced foes;
The deeds of fame, star-bright above the throne;
The better deeds unknown.
"At Hursley In Marden" by Francis Turner Palgrave
Through hill and valley every breeze
Had sunk to rest with folded wings:
Keen was the air, but could not freeze,
Nor check, the music of the strings;
So stout and hardy were the band
That scraped the chords with strenuous hand.
"Minstrels" by William Wordsworth

In news:

A Strenuous Life by Kathleen Dalton Knopf, 708 pp.
Despite the strenuous objections of the many people who have turned out to protest plans by.
These days, Pawlenty is working strenuously to emerge from the back of the Republican presidential pack.
K's Opening Strenuous Training Camp.
25: 13% of adult men admit they've done THIS non- strenuous activity at least once.
KD, LeBron featured in strenuous preseason workouts.
Giants tackle Will Beatty's back issue due to strenuous work in weight room.
The PGA Championship has been a less strenuous test through the years than the US Open, where par is always your best friend.
Rangers rescued two hikers who were unable to complete one of the more strenuous canyoneering routes at Zion National Park .
ZION NATIONAL PARK , Utah (AP) — Rangers rescued two hikers who were unable to complete one of the more strenuous canyoneering routes at Zion National Park .
ZION NATIONAL PARK — Rangers rescued two hikers who were unable to complete one of the more strenuous canyoneering routes at Zion National Park .
OCEAN CITY- After months of strenuous back and forth negotiations, the town of Ocean City and the IAFF Firefighter's union came to a collective bargaining agreement for the next three years.
Travelling to Myanmar is a bit strenuous.
Climbing Diamond Head can be strenuous, but it only costs $1 for pedestrians to enter the park.
Many pit bull owners who say the dogs need strenuous exercise, compete in a controversial event that some people say is animal cruelty.

In science:

Despite strenuous effort over the past 50 years or so this problem has not been solved on any regular two dimensional lattice.
Perimeter Generating Functions For The Mean-Squared Radius Of Gyration Of Convex Polygons
Since this is computationally strenuous, we use a much simpler approach and carry out hierarchical clustering on that matrix.
Maximal entropy random walk in community finding
Analytic solutions are typically available only for simple problems, which may not serve as a strenuous tests of a particular code.
On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code
Tools such as parsers, taggers or chunkers achieve very poor on these documents without requiring a strenuous, costly and often manual adaptation phase.
Statistical Automatic Summarization in Organic Chemistry
Acknowledgments My warmest thanks to the the people who strenuously contributed to the diffractive multi-year project and to INFN for supporting my participation at the workshop.
CDF experimental results on diffraction