struggle

Definitions

  • An Athlete Struggling with a Python
    An Athlete Struggling with a Python
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v struggle be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight "the tribesmen fought each other","Siblings are always fighting","Militant groups are contending for control of the country"
    • v struggle to exert strenuous effort against opposition "he struggled to get free from the rope"
    • v struggle climb awkwardly, as if by scrambling
    • v struggle make a strenuous or labored effort "She struggled for years to survive without welfare","He fought for breath"
    • n struggle strenuous effort "the struggle to get through the crowd exhausted her"
    • n struggle an energetic attempt to achieve something "getting through the crowd was a real struggle","he fought a battle for recognition"
    • n struggle an open clash between two opposing groups (or individuals) "the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph"--Thomas Paine","police tried to control the battle between the pro- and anti-abortion mobs"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The sisters struggle to get out of the pit The sisters struggle to get out of the pit
In the heat of the day's struggle In the heat of the day's struggle
Map Illustrating the Struggle for the Hudson River and the Middle States Map Illustrating the Struggle for the Hudson River and the Middle States
Léonce and Castor struggle with the wolf Léonce and Castor struggle with the wolf

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The more a person struggles to get out of quicksand the faster they will sink. Staying still, and being calm will actually make the body float in the quicksand because the body is less dense than the quicksand is
    • Struggle A violent effort or efforts with contortions of the body; agony; distress.
    • Struggle Contest; contention; strife. "An honest might look upon the struggle with indifference."
    • Struggle Great labor; forcible effort to obtain an object, or to avert an evil.
    • Struggle To labor in pain or anguish; to be in agony; to labor in any kind of difficulty or distress. "'T is wisdom to beware,
      And better shun the bait than struggle in the snare."
    • Struggle To strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with contortions of the body.
    • Struggle To use great efforts; to labor hard; to strive; to contend forcibly; as, to struggle to save one's life; to struggle with the waves; to struggle with adversity. "The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it [Gettysburg] far above our power to add or detract."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Wesley Snipes installed public telephones while struggling to become an actor in New York.
    • struggle To put forth violent effort, as in an emergency or as a result of intense excitation; act or strive strenuously against some antagonistic force or influence; be engaged in an earnest effort or conflict; labor or contend urgently, as for some object: used chiefly of persons, but also, figuratively, of things.
    • struggle Synonyms Strive, etc. (see attempt); toil.
    • n struggle A violent effort; a strenuous or straining exertion; a strenuous endeavor to accomplish, avoid, or escape something; a contest with some opposing force: as, a struggle to get free; the struggle of death; a struggle with poverty.
    • n struggle Synonyms Endeavor. Effort, Exertion, Pains, Labor. Struggle. See strife. The above are in the order of strength.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Struggle strug′l to make great efforts with contortions of the body: to make great exertions: to contend: to labour in pain: to be in agony or distress
    • n Struggle a violent effort with contortions of the body: great labour: agony
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Quotations

  • Anne Byrhhe
    Anne Byrhhe
    “Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be.”
  • Charles M. Schwab
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    “The hardest struggle of all is to be something different from what the average man is.”
  • Lin Yu-tang
    Lin Yu-tang
    “All women's dresses are merely variations on the eternal struggle between the admitted desire to dress and the unadmitted desire to undress.”
  • Napoleon Hill
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    “Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.”
  • Wendell Phillips
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    “The best education in the world is that got by struggling to get a living.”
  • R. C. Allen
    R. C. Allen
    “We grow because we struggle, we learn and overcome.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. strogelen,; cf. Icel. strjka, to stroke, to beat, to flog, Sw. stryka, to stroke, to strike, Dan. stryge, G. straucheln, to stumble. Cf. Stroll

Usage

In literature:

For hours the struggle for the murderer went on, a struggle of mind over inferior mind and matter.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
For whose benefit would the struggle then have been carried on?
"The Peace Negotiations" by J. D. Kestell
In this struggle the current gave a great gulp, and a wave splashed up over my guns.
"The True Story Book"
The first struggle that confronted the ambitious conqueror of the new world was the struggle with nature.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
After loading their guns, the horsemen rode up to the prostrate animal and found it struggling to rise.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
He struggled to his feet after a time, wondering at his weakness.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II"
The struggle with Hyder was a struggle, for life and death.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The General seemed to be struggling with recollections that overwhelmed him.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
It gave without a struggle.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
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In poetry:

In his wide brain the feeling deep
That struggled on the many's tongue
Swells to a tide of thought, whose surges leap
O'er the weak thrones of wrong.
"An Incident In A Railroad Car" by James Russell Lowell
"'Though Europe against me was arm'd,
Your chiefs and my people are true;
I still might have struggled with fortune,
And baffled all Europe with you.
"The Chronicle Of The Drum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
"Yes,….you shall know," the sufferer cried,
"And let my fate your pity move!
See Passion's victim! Morn and eve
This struggling soul is lost in love.
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
Dying? I am not dying. Are you mad?
You think I need to ask for heavenly grace?
\I\ think \you\ are a fiend, who would be glad
To see me struggle in death's cold embrace.
"His Youth" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Gone are the years that came with fevered strife
Sweeping us into war's strange unknown ways
Gone is the tenseness, and the struggling life,
Gone is the tedium of the waiting days.
"Envoi - III" by Robert A Donaldson
No, no, no, they were brave for us,
And bright were the lives they gave for us;
The land they struggled to save for us
Will not forget
Its warriors yet
Who sleep in so many a grave for us.
"Confederate States Of America" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

Born of Post-9/11 Hopes, Restaurant Struggles to Fill Tables.
Obama fares worse among struggling whites.
Cameron Park is the poorest community in America, a Brownsville colonia where people struggle to get by on little more than $4,000 a year.
Lewy- Boulet struggles for Team USA.
Skid Row's Restaurant Suppliers Struggle with an Invasion of Eateries.
He was a 27-year-old former Marine, struggling to adjust to civilian life after two tours in Iraq.
Astros' Luhnow on brain trust , analytics, early struggles, 'succeed or die.
Fourteen-year-old Tito Mukhopadhyay struggles daily with the challenges of severe autism.
Tom Parrish of Geva has experience turning around struggling theaters.
Lions may get breather vs Titans' struggling running game.
The Buccaneers (17-5, 6-2) struggled in the early-going, committing seven errors and hitting just.054 in the opening set.
That's the bad news for the struggling MLS Cup champions.
One month on, Charlotte Fire victims struggle to rebuild.
Nicole Scherzinger had an incredibly successful run with the Pussycat Dolls, but now the star admits she struggled with bulimia throughout her seven years as the lead singer of the group.
Gaga admits struggle with bulimia and anorexia.
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In science:

Einstein needed the support of his friends when struggling with the development of the new theory of gravitation.
Genesis of general relativity - Discovery of general relativity
Password policies struggle to treat the symptoms of passwords while further complicating their use and ignoring the root of the problem.
KeyAuth: Bringing Public-key Authentication to the Masses
By contrast, clear-atmosphere models struggle to reproduce the observed transmission spectrum of HD 189733b.
The prevalence of dust on the exoplanet HD 189733b from Hubble and Spitzer observations
K12 struggle to explain, and that would be natural consequences of an atmosphere dominated by haze opacity. K12 do not include the condensates in their modelling and discussion of the eclipse and phase curve data.
The prevalence of dust on the exoplanet HD 189733b from Hubble and Spitzer observations
In section 2.2, we explain why FDTD codes struggle against the memory bandwidth bottleneck.
Sophie, an FDTD code on the way to multicore, getting rid of the memory bandwidth bottleneck better using cache
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