Ef"fort (?), n. [F. effort, OF. esfort, for esfors, esforz, fr. esforcier. See Efforce.]


An exertion of strength or power, whether physical or mental, in performing an act or aiming at an object; more or less strenuous endeavor; struggle directed to the accomplishment of an object; as, an effort to scale a wall.

We prize the stronger effort of his power. Pope.

2. Mech.

A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion.


Syn. -- Endeavor; exertion; struggle; strain; straining; attempt; trial; essay. See Attempt.


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Ef"fort, v. t.

To stimulate.

[Obs.] "He efforted his spirits."



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