Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
strogelen; cf. Icel.
strj[GREEK]kato stroke, to beat, to flog, Sw.
strykato stroke, to strike, Dan.
strauchelnto stumble. Cf.
To strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with contortions of the body.
To use great efforts; to labor hard; to strive; to contend forcibly;
struggleto save one’s life; to
strugglewith the waves; to
The brave men, living and dead, who
struggledhere, have consecrated it [Gettysburg] far above our power to add or detract.
To labor in pain or anguish; to be in agony; to labor in any kind of difficulty or distress.
'T is wisdom to beware,
And better shun the bait than
And better shun the bait than
strugglein the snare.
Syn. – To strive; contend; labor; endeavor.
A violent effort or efforts with contortions of the body; agony; distress.
Great labor; forcible effort to obtain an object, or to avert an evil.
Contest; contention; strife.
An honest might look upon the
Syn. – Endeavor; effort; contest; labor; difficulty.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Properly, to strive, or to make efforts with a twisting or with contortions of the body. Hence,
2.To use great efforts; to labor hard; to strive; to contend; as, to struggle to save life; to struggle with the waves; to struggle against the stream; to struggle with adversity.
3.To labor in pain or anguish; to be in agony; to labor in any kind of difficulty or distress.
Tis wisdom to beware, and better shun the bait than struggle in the snare.
1.Great labor; forcible effort to obtain an object, or to avoid an evil; properly, a violent effort with contortions of the body.
2.Contest; contention; strife.
An honest man might look upon the struggle with indifference.
3.Agony; contortions of extreme distress.
- stroggell, strogell (obsolete)
struggle (plural struggles)
- Strife, contention, great effort.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 23, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- The struggle with ways and means had recommenced, more difficult now a hundredfold than it had been before, because of their increasing needs. Their income disappeared as a little rivulet that is swallowed by the thirsty ground. He worked night and day to supplement it.
struggle (third-person singular simple present struggles, present participle struggling, simple past and past participle struggled)
- To strive, to labour in difficulty, to fight (for or against), to contend.
- During the centuries, the people of Ireland struggled constantly to assert their right to govern themselves.
- 2011 October 1, Tom Fordyce, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland”, in BBC Sport:
- England were ponderous with ball in hand, their runners static when taking the ball and their lines obvious, while their front row struggled badly in the scrum.
- 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:
- Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic who still resists the idea that something drastic needs to happen for him to turn his life around.
- To strive, or to make efforts, with a twisting, or with contortions of the body.
- She struggled to escape from her assailant's grasp.
- 1879, Richard Jefferies, The Amateur Poacher, chapterII:
- Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
- This is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs
to strive, to labour in difficulty, to fight