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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. the courage to carry on;
- Example: "he kept fighting on pure spunk"
- Example: "you haven't got the heart for baseball"
[syn: heart, mettle, nerve, spunk]

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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mettle \Met"tle\, n. [E. metal, used in a tropical sense in allusion to the temper of the metal of a sword blade. See Metal.] Substance or quality of temperament; spirit, esp. as regards honor, courage, fortitude, ardor, etc.; disposition; -- usually in a good sense; as, to test a person's mettle. [1913 Webster] A certain critical hour which shall . . . try what mettle his heart is made of. --South. [1913 Webster] Gentlemen of brave mettle. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The winged courser, like a generous horse, Shows most true mettle when you check his course. --Pope. [1913 Webster] To put one one's mettle, to cause or incite one to use one's best efforts. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

mettle n 1: the courage to carry on; "he kept fighting on pure spunk"; "you haven't got the heart for baseball" [syn: heart, mettle, nerve, spunk]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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