Ex·er·tion n. The act of exerting, or putting into motion or action; the active exercise of any power or faculty; an effort, esp. a laborious or perceptible effort; as, an exertion of strength or power; an exertion of the limbs or of the mind; it is an exertion for him to move, to-day.
Syn: -- Attempt; endeavor; effort; essay; trial. See Attempt.
n : use of physical or mental energy; hard work; "he got an A
for effort"; "they managed only with great exertion"
[syn: effort, elbow grease, travail, sweat]