1. (n.) 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.

2. (n.) A force acting on a body in the direction of its motion.

3. (v. t.) To stimulate.

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