browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

tenacitymore about tenacity

tenacity


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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 
 
  3.  That  quality  of  bodies  which  makes  them  adhere  to  other 
  bodies;  adhesiveness;  viscosity.  --Holland. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  tenacity 
  n  :  persistent  determination  [syn:  {doggedness},  {perseverence}, 
  {persistence},  {persistency},  {tenaciousness},  {pertinacity}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  TENACITY,  n.  A  certain  quality  of  the  human  hand  in  its  relation  to 
  the  coin  of  the  realm.  It  attains  its  highest  development  in  the  hand 
  of  authority  and  is  considered  a  serviceable  equipment  for  a  career  in 
  politics.  The  following  illustrative  lines  were  written  of  a 
  Californian  gentleman  in  high  political  preferment,  who  has  passed  to 
  his  accounting: 
 
  Of  such  tenacity  his  grip 
  That  nothing  from  his  hand  can  slip. 
  Well-buttered  eels  you  may  o'erwhelm 
  In  tubs  of  liquid  slippery-elm 
  In  vain  --  from  his  detaining  pinch 
  They  cannot  struggle  half  an  inch! 
  'Tis  lucky  that  he  so  is  planned 
  That  breath  he  draws  not  with  his  hand, 
  For  if  he  did  so  great  his  greed 
  He'd  draw  his  last  with  eager  speed. 
  Nay,  that  were  well  you  say  Not  so 
  He'd  draw  but  never  let  it  go! 
 
 




more about tenacity