Tenacity
Tenacity Te*nac"i*ty, n. [L. tenacitas: cf. F. t['e]nacit['e]. See {Tenacious}.] 1. The quality or state of being tenacious; as, tenacity, or retentiveness, of memory; tenacity, or persistency, of purpose. [1913 Webster]

2. That quality of bodies which keeps them from parting without considerable force; cohesiveness; the effect of attraction; -- as distinguished from brittleness, fragility, mobility, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. That quality of bodies which makes them adhere to other bodies; adhesiveness; viscosity. --Holland. [1913 Webster]

4. (Physics) The greatest longitudinal stress a substance can bear without tearing asunder, -- usually expressed with reference to a unit area of the cross section of the substance, as the number of pounds per square inch, or kilograms per square centimeter, necessary to produce rupture. [1913 Webster]


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  • tenacity — early 15c., from M.Fr. ténacité (14c.), from L. tenacitas the act of holding fast, from tenax (gen. tenacis) tough, holding fast, from tenere to hold (see TENET (Cf. tenet)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tenacity — resolution, spirit, mettle, *courage Analogous words: pluck, grit, guts, sand, *fortitude, backbone: hardihood, audacity, nerve (see TEMERITY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • tenacity — [n] diligence, stubbornness application, backbone, chutzpah*, clock*, courage, determination, doggedness, firmness, grit, guts*, gutsiness*, guttiness*, heart*, inflexibility, intestinal fortitude*, intransigence, moxie*, nerve, obduracy,… …   New thesaurus

  • tenacity — [tə nas′ə tē] n. [L tenacitas] the quality or state of being tenacious …   English World dictionary

  • tenacity — n. 1) to demonstrate, display, show tenacity 2) bulldog; great tenacity (to demonstrate great tenacity) 3) the tenacity to + inf. (she had the tenacity to finish the job) * * * [tɪ næsɪtɪ] display show tenacity great tenacity (to demonstrate… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Tenacity — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Tenacity >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 1 =>{ant,328,} tenacity toughness strength Sgm: N 1 2 =>(cohesion) ???>46 Sgm: N 1 grip grip grasp stickiness =>(cohesion) …   English dictionary for students

  • tenacity — noun /təˈnæs.ɪ.ti,təˈnæsətʲi/ a) The quality or state of being tenacious; as, tenacity, or retentiveness, of memory; tenacity, or persistency, of purpose. Our opponents may be younger, faster and less out of shape than we are, but we have… …   Wiktionary

  • tenacity — [[t]tɪnæ̱sɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT If you have tenacity, you are very determined and do not give up easily. Talent, hard work and sheer tenacity are all crucial to career success …   English dictionary

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