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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

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

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Pains \Pains\ (p[=a]nz), n. Labor; toilsome effort; care or trouble taken; -- plural in form, but used with a singular or plural verb, commonly the former. [1913 Webster] And all my pains is sorted to no proof. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The pains they had taken was very great. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster] The labored earth your pains have sowed and tilled. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

pains n 1: an effortful attempt to attain a goal [syn: striving, nisus, pains, strain]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

21 Moby Thesaurus words for "pains": assiduity, assiduousness, diligence, effort, elbow grease, endeavor, energy, exertion, hard pull, industriousness, industry, long pull, might and main, muscle, nerve and sinew, painstaking, painstakingness, sedulousness, thoroughgoingness, thoroughness, trouble