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Meaning of NISUS

Pronunciation:  'nIsus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  an effortful attempt to attain a goal
 

NISUS is a 5 letter word that starts with N.

 

 Synonyms: pains, strain, striving
 
 See Also: attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Ni"sus\, n. [L., fr. niti, p. p. nisus, to strive.]
    A striving; an effort; a conatus.
    
          A nisus or energizing towards a presented object.
                                                   --Hickok.
    
    
  2. \Ni"sus\, n. (Physiol.)
    (a) The periodic procreative desire manifested in the spring
        by birds, etc.
    (b) The contraction of the diaphragm and abdominal muscles to
        evacuate feces or urine.
    
    
 

 

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