1. [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
And all my pains is sorted to no proof. --Shak.
The pains they had taken was very great. --Clarendon.
The labored earth your pains have sowed and tilled.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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,