AskDefine | Define nisus

Dictionary Definition

nisus n : an effortful attempt to attain a goal [syn: striving, pains, strain]

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  1. a mental or physical effort to attain a specific goal; a striving

Extensive Definition

In classical mythology, Nisus or Nisos may refer to:
  • Nisos, a king of Megara.
  • Nisus, son of Hyrtacus, lover of Euryalus.
  • Silenus, also called Nisus, foster father of Dionysus.
  • Nissus of Dulichium, son of Aretias, father of Amphinomus.
Nisus may also refer to:


nisus in German: Nisos (Begriffsklärung)
nisus in Lithuanian: Nisas
nisus in Russian: Нис
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