Effort

Ef"fort

noun

Etymology

French effort, Old French esfort, for esfors, esforz, from 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.
  • (Mechanic) A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion. Rankine.

Ef"fort

verb transitive
  • [Obsolete] To stimulate.
    “He efforted his spirits.” Fuller.