- 1Extreme tiredness, typically resulting from mental or physical exertion or illness: he was nearly dead with fatigueMore example sentences
- But a critical distinction needs to be drawn between physical and mental fatigue.
- Even so, the job saps the vitality, and a referee gets mental fatigue as well as physical.
- This can cause a person to experience physical fatigue, along with mental fogginess, difficulty in concentrating, and dullness of the mind.
- 1.1A reduction in the efficiency of a muscle or organ after prolonged activity.More example sentences
- The frequency of frank respiratory muscle fatigue in acute asthma is unknown, but is probably low.
- Thus, in patients with severe airway obstruction, inspiratory muscle fatigue may limit exercise performance.
- A key problem in many patients with respiratory failure requiring intubation is fatigue of respiratory muscles.
- 1.2Weakness in materials, especially metal, caused by repeated variations of stress: metal fatigueMore example sentences
- Metal fatigue is one concern, damage incurred during liftoff is another.
- The fatigue properties of metals are quite structure-sensitive.
- Investigators said the fatigue cracks on the planes that crashed were confined to the wing structures.
- 1.3 [with modifier] A lessening in one’s response to or enthusiasm for something, typically as a result of overexposure to it: museum fatigueMore example sentences
- He revealed a bit of fundraiser fatigue in response.
- Even now a certain amount of election fatigue is beginning to set in.
- The Museo de las Culturas de Oaxaca is in a former monastery and a wander around the airy cloisters or in the excellent cacti garden offer a respite from any cases of museum fatigue.
- 2.1 (fatigues) Loose-fitting clothing, typically khaki, olive drab, or camouflaged, worn by soldiers: battle fatiguesMore example sentences
- Soldiers in camouflage fatigues and painted faces also carried heavy artillery to provide protective fire power in the event of a genuine security threat.
- She looked Indian, and had on green camouflage fatigues.
- Seated next to me in the lounge was a group of soldiers dressed in battle fatigues.
verb (fatigues, fatiguing, fatigued)[with object] (often be fatigued) Back to top
- 1Cause (someone) to feel tired or exhausted: they were fatigued by their journeyMore example sentences
- A headache like that can really fatigue a person.
- There are other categories, but it fatigues me to list them.
- He was working nonstop and he was very fatigued.
- 1.1Reduce the efficiency of (a muscle or organ) by prolonged activity.More example sentences
- In mild cases it may be necessary to fatigue the symptomatic muscle.
- Whereas only 1 of the 12 patients fatigued their quadriceps after an ISW, two thirds of the same patients did so after incremental cycling.
- My only concern is that you find the ideal weight/rep combination that allows you to optimally fatigue the target muscle in the shortest time.
- 1.2Weaken (a material, especially metal) by repeated variations of stress.More example sentences
- Repeated stretching and sizing fatigues the brass to the point where it will eventually split, but I restrict things a little more.
- For carbon forks in general, there should not be any limited life span, as carbon composites themselves are not subject to fatigue failures as metals are.
- Given the thin faces of today's drivers, how long does a driver last before the metal becomes fatigued?
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- He adds that prolonged noise increases fatiguability - the tendency to get tired easily.
- His sleep is variable, but he has loss of energy and fatiguability.
- Physical activity, leg muscle fatigability, calf muscle flexibility, and leg volume also were measured at the start of the study.
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- As any jackhammer repairwoman can attest, the ears are as fatigable as any other major part of the face or head (and considerably more so than noses or hair).
- In this instance it has a characteristic ‘fatiguable’ quality, in which the more the muscle is used the weaker it becomes.
- In conclusion, the quadriceps in patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are more fatigable than those in age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects.
mid 17th century (in the sense 'task or duty that causes weariness'): from French fatigue (noun), fatiguer (verb), from Latin fatigare 'tire out', from ad fatim, affatim 'to satiety or surfeit, to bursting'.