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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun fatigue:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb fatigue:

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Definition of the noun fatigue

What does fatigue mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: fatigues

  1. temporary loss of strength and energy resulting from hard physical or mental work
    • examples: he was hospitalized for extreme fatigue | growing fatigue was apparent from the decline in the execution of their athletic skills
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of fatigue: tiredness / weariness
    • more generic term: temporary state = a state that continues for a limited time
    • more specific terms:
      • asthenopia / eyestrain = a tiredness of the eyes caused by prolonged close work by a person with an uncorrected vision problem
      • jet lag = fatigue and sleep disturbance resulting from disruption of the body's normal circadian rhythm as a result of jet travel
      • exhaustion = extreme fatigue
      • grogginess = a groggy state resulting from weariness
      • logginess / loginess = a dull and listless state resulting from weariness
  2. used of materials (especially metals) in a weakened state caused by long stress
    • example: metal fatigue
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic words: failing / weakness = a flaw or weak point
  3. (always used with a modifier) boredom resulting from overexposure to something
    • examples: he was suffering from museum fatigue | after watching TV with her husband she had a bad case of football fatigue | the American public is experiencing scandal fatigue | political fatigue
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • more generic words: boredom / ennui / tedium = the feeling of being bored by something tedious
  4. labor of a nonmilitary kind done by soldiers (cleaning or digging or draining or so on)

Alternative definition of the noun fatigue


  1. A weariness caused by exertion; exhaustion.
  2. A menial task, especially in the military.
  3. A type of material failure due to cumulative effects of cyclic loading.

Specialised definition of the noun fatigue

Glossary of sports

very great tiredness (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb fatigue

What does fatigue mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: fatigued | fatiguing | fatigues

  1. lose interest or become bored with something or somebody
  2. exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress

Alternative definition of the verb fatigue


  1. [transitive] to tire or make weary by physical or mental exertion
  2. [intransitive] to lose so much strength or energy that one becomes tired, weary, feeble or exhausted


  1. "Fatigue" a.k.a. "Fatigué" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  2. "Fatigue" is a composition.
  3. "Fatigue" is a composition, cataloged instance.


  1. Fatigue a.k.a. Lethargy is a symptom.
  2. Fatigue is a major safety concern in many fields, but especially in transportation, because fatigue can result in disastrous accidents. Fatigue is considered an internal precondition for unsafe acts because it negatively affects the human operator's internal state. Research has generally focused on pilots, truck drivers, and shift workers.

Phrases with Fatigue

Phrases starting with the word Fatigue:

  1. fatigue duty
  2. fatigue crack
  3. fatigue party
  4. fatigue fracture

Phrases ending with the word Fatigue:

  1. battle fatigue
  2. combat fatigue
  3. Driver Fatigue
  4. Empathy Fatigue

Other phrase containing the word Fatigue:

  1. Chronic fatigue syndrome

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Fatigue

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Google previewParkinson's Disease (2016)

Current and Future Therapeutics and Clinical Trials by Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, Hubert H. Fernandez, Alberto J. Espay, Susan H. Fox

Fatigue. Fatigue is a common problem in most disorders, both somatic and psychiatric.

Central fatigue refers to a feeling or perception that has no identified physiological substrate or measure.

One of the central difficulties in understanding fatigue is the confound introduced by sleepiness and other behavioral states.

Google previewVanguard of Visions and Dreams (2012)

The Lifestyle and Warfare of God's Visionary by Bishop Dr. Jackie L. Green

Fatigue- (Isaiah 40:31) Fatigue is a feeling of tiredness and even sleepiness. It is a sign of...

Google previewMedical Management of Adults with Neurologic Disabilities (2008)

by Dr. Adrian Cristian, MD

Fatigue is a commonly reported symptom after traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, spinal cord injury (SCI), and in persons living with multiple sclerosis (MS). Fatigue compounds underlying impairments for all these neurologic disabilities.

Google previewOncology of Infancy and Childhood (2009)

by Stuart H. Orkin, David E. Fisher, A. Thomas Look, Samuel Lux IV, David Ginsburg, David G. Nathan

Fatigue is a complex symptom that may have physical, cognitive, and emotional components.

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences (2014)

From an engineering perspective, fatigue refers to the weakening or failure of a material such as metal or wood.

Fatigue is a particularly common symptom in virtually all forms of neuromuscular disease (NMD), often being the most prominent and disabling symptom.

Fatigue is an understudied clinical problem and often overlooked by clinicians who care for people with neurodegenerative disorders.

Google previewThe Energetics of Health (2009)

A Naturopathic Assessment by Iva Lloyd

Fatigue. Fatigue is an indication of decreased energy and is associated with many different diseases, especially chronic...

Chronic fatigue is a deficiency pattern that can be associated with any element, and typically is associated with them all.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Nursing Research, Third Edition (2011)

by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN, Meredith Kazer, PhD, APRN, A/GNP-BC

Although fatigue is an identified symptom of depression, long-standing chronic fatigue, unrelated to an existing affective disorder, actually may...

Google previewQuality and Safety in Anesthesia and Perioperative Care (2016)

by Keith J. Ruskin, Marjorie P. Stiegler, Stanley H. Rosenbaum

Fatigue is a complex physiologic phenomenon that has a variety of effects on human performance, including cognitive...

Circadian fatigue refers to the reduced performance during nighttime hours, particularly during an individual's window of ...

Google previewSpinal Cord Injuries (2008)

Management and Rehabilitation by Sue Ann Sisto, Erica Druin, Martha Macht Sliwinski

Central fatigue is a generalized lack of energy, feeling exhausted or tired. When this exhaustion is beyond reasonable or expected on the basis of the activity level, it is abnormal. Peripheral fatigue refers to muscle weakness (the decreased ...

Google previewFatigue in Multiple Sclerosis (2004)

A Guide to Diagnosis and Management by Dr. Lauren B. Krupp, MD

Fatigue is a significant symptom across several autoimmune disorders aside from MS, including systemic lupus erythematosus...

Google previewThe Handbook of Operator Fatigue (2012)

by Dr Paula A Desmond, Ms Catherine Neubauer, Professor Gerald Matthews, Professor Peter A Hancock

Fatigue is a recognized problem in thetransport industry with suggestions that fatigueis a factor in atleast 40percent ofroad...

Google previewAviation Weather Services Handbook (2010)

by Federal Aviation Administration, United States. National Weather Service

Fatigue is a threat to aviation safety because it impairs alertness and performance. Fatigue is a normal response to many conditions common to flight operations because characteristics of the flight deck environment, such as low barometric ...

Google previewAdvances in Physical Ergonomics and Human Factors: Part II (2014)

by Renliu Jang, Tareq Ahram

Muscle fatigue is a transient and reversible decrease in performance capacity after a period of physical exertion. A variety of approaches have been applied to model muscle fatigue. Recently a theoretical, phenomenal parameterbased model ...

Google previewIndustrial Psychology

Fatigue is a symptom rather than a specific illness or disorder. While it is common to have the...

Fatigue is an everyday occurrence and in a ideal world would not pose a significant health and safety risks. The 24/7 society in which we live, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Neurological Signs (2010)

by A.J. Larner

F Fatigue with globus pallidus lesions, and contrasts with the 'slow' micrographia, meaning writing which becomes progressively slower and smaller, as seen in idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Reference Quinn NP. Fast micrographia and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society (2008)

by Richard T. Schaefer

Understanding Racial Battle Fatigue Racial battle fatigue addresses the physiological, psychological, and behavioral strain exacted on racially marginalized and stigmatized groups and the amount of energy they expend coping with and ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Military Terms (1918)

by Edward Samuel Farrow

fatigue. — The labors of military ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Second Edition - 3 Volume Set (2006)

by Informa Healthcare, Waldemar Karwowski

INTRODUCTION The term mental fatigue is used with different meanings. Mental fatigue is considered as a decrease in physical and cognitive performance. It is considered also as a condition affecting the mental processes, including ...

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Quotes about Fatigue

Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men. (Marcus Valerius Martialis)
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Scrabble value of F4A1T1I1G2U1E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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