Strug"gle (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Struggled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Struggling (?).] [OE. strogelen; cf. Icel. strjka to stroke, to beat, to flog, Sw. stryka to stroke, to strike, Dan. stryge, G. straucheln to stumble. Cf. Stroll.]

1.

To strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with contortions of the body.

2.

To use great efforts; to labor hard; to strive; to contend forcibly; as, to struggle to save one's life; to struggle with the waves; to struggle with adversity.

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it [Gettysburg] far above our power to add or detract. Lincoln.

3.

To labor in pain or anguish; to be in agony; to labor in any kind of difficulty or distress.

'T is wisdom to beware, And better shun the bait than struggle in the snare. Dryden.

Syn. -- To strive; contend; labor; endeavor.

 

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Strug"gle (?), n.

1.

A violent effort or efforts with contortions of the body; agony; distress.

2.

Great labor; forcible effort to obtain an object, or to avert an evil.

Macaulay.

3.

Contest; contention; strife.

An honest might look upon the struggle with indifference. Addison.

Syn. -- Endeavor; effort; contest; labor; difficulty.

 

© Webster 1913.

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