A woman suffering from fatigue.
An example of fatigue is what you feel after you run a 10-mile marathon.
- physical or mental exhaustion; weariness
- the cause of this; hard work; toil
- any manual labor or menial duty, other than drill or instruction, assigned to soldiersin full fatigue duty
- [pl.] sturdy work clothing worn by soldiers doing fatigue dutyalso fatigue clothes (or clothing)
- the tendency of a metal or other material to crack and fail under repeated applications of stress
- Physiol. the decreased ability to function or the inability to respond, due to prolonged exertion or repeated stimulation: said of an organism or one of its parts
Origin of fatigueFrench from fatiguer from Classical Latin fatigare, to weary from an unverified form fatis, exhaustion from base of fames, hunger (see famine) + agere, to drive, make (see act)
intransitive verb-·tigued′, -·tigu′ing
- to make or become tired or exhausted; weary
- to subject to or undergo fatigue
- Physical or mental weariness resulting from effort or activity.
- Something, such as tiring effort or activity, that causes tiredness or weariness: the fatigue of a long hike.
- Physiology The decreased capacity or complete inability of an organism, organ, or part to function normally because of excessive stimulation or prolonged exertion.
- The weakening or failure of a material, such as metal or wood, resulting from prolonged stress.
- a. Manual or menial labor, such as barracks cleaning, assigned to soldiers.b. fatigues Clothing worn by military personnel for labor or for field duty.
verbfa·tigued, fa·tigu·ing, fa·tigues
- To tire out; exhaust.
- To create fatigue in (a metal or other material).
Origin of fatigueFrench from Old French from fatiguer to fatigue from Latin fatīgāre
(third-person singular simple present fatigues, present participle fatiguing, simple past and past participle fatigued)