A essay, trial, or endeavor; an undertaking; an attack, or an effort to gain a point; especially an unsuccessful, as contrasted with a successful, effort.
These words agree in the idea of calling forth our powers into action. Trial
is the generic term; it denotes a putting forth of one's powers with a view to determine what they can accomplish; as, to make trial of one's strength
. An attempt
is always directed to some definite and specific object; as, “The attempt, and not the deed, confounds us
is a continued attempt; as, “His high endeavor and his glad success
.” Cowper. Effort
is a specific putting forth of strength in order to carry out an attempt. Exertion
is the putting forth or active exercise of any faculty or power. “It admits of all degrees of effort and even natural action without effort.” Centigrade J. Smith.