fatigue

Swimming and playing volleyball at the beach can make you tired and pleasantly wiped out, but long hours filling and emptying a wheelbarrow of dirt on a hot day brings fatigue, a far more draining kind of exhaustion.

There is a noticeable difference between tiredness and fatigue. You can read a magazine or book before bed and get tired after a while, but if you work on math problems on a computer for a long time, you'll feel fatigue in your eyes, and maybe your brain will start to hurt. The Latin fatīgāre means to "tire out," "to fill to excess or to bursting." Even thinking about the Latin for fatigue brings some mental fatigue.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: fatigue

1
nv
temporary loss of strength and energy resulting from hard physical or mental work
exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress
2
vn
lose interest or become bored with something or somebody
(always used with a modifier) boredom resulting from overexposure to something
3
n
labor of a nonmilitary kind done by soldiers (cleaning or digging or draining or so on)
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: fatigue
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n temporary loss of strength and energy resulting from hard physical or mental work

“he was hospitalized for extreme fatigue
“growing fatigue was apparent from the decline in the execution of their athletic skills”
Synonyms:
tiredness, weariness
Types:
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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
inanition
exhaustion resulting from lack of food
frazzle
a state of extreme exhaustion
brain-fag, mental exhaustion
exhaustion that affects mental keenness
Type of:
temporary state
a state that continues for a limited time

n used of materials (especially metals) in a weakened state caused by long stress

“metal fatigue
Type of:
failing, weakness
a flaw or weak point

v exhaust or get tired through overuse or great strain or stress

Synonyms:
fag, fag out, jade, outwear, tire, tire out, wear, wear down, wear out, wear upon, weary
Antonyms:
freshen, refresh, refreshen
make fresh again
Types:
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beat, exhaust, tucker, tucker out, wash up
wear out completely
overfatigue, overtire, overweary
tire excessively
frazzle
exhaust physically or emotionally
play
exhaust by allowing to pull on the line
kill
tire out completely
Type of:
indispose
cause to feel unwell
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v lose interest or become bored with something or somebody

Synonyms:
jade, pall, tire, weary
Types:
conk out, peter out, poop out, run down, run out
use up all one's strength and energy and stop working
retire, withdraw
lose interest
back down, back off, bow out, chicken out, pull out
remove oneself from an obligation
Type of:
degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop
grow worse

n (always used with a modifier) boredom resulting from overexposure to something

“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
Type of:
boredom, ennui, tedium
the feeling of being bored by something tedious
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n labor of a nonmilitary kind done by soldiers (cleaning or digging or draining or so on)

“the soldiers were put on fatigue to teach them a lesson”
“they were assigned to kitchen fatigues
Synonyms:
fatigue duty
Type of:
assignment, duty assignment
a duty that you are assigned to perform (especially in the armed forces)
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