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Webster 1913 Edition


Rigor


Ri′gor

,
Noun.
[L. See
Rigor
., below.]
1.
Rigidity; stiffness.
2.
(ed.)
A sense of chilliness, with contraction of the skin; a convulsive shuddering or tremor, as in the chill preceding a fever.
Rigor caloris
[L., rigor of heat]
(Physiol.)
,
a form of rigor mortis induced by heat, as when the muscle of a mammal is heated to about 50° C.
– ‖
Rigor mortis
[L. , rigor of death]
,
death stiffening; the rigidity of the muscles that occurs at death and lasts till decomposition sets in. It is due to the formation of myosin by the coagulation of the contents of the individual muscle fibers.

Rig′or

,
Noun.
[OE.
rigour
, OF.
rigour
, F.
rigueur
, from L.
rigor
, fr.
rigere
to be stiff. See
Rigid
.]
[Written also
rigour
.]
1.
The becoming stiff or rigid; the state of being rigid; rigidity; stiffness; hardness.
The rest his look
Bound with Gorgonian
rigor
not to move.
Milton.
2.
(Med.)
See 1st
Rigor
, 2.
3.
Severity of climate or season; inclemency;
as, the
rigor
of the storm; the
rigors
of winter.
4.
Stiffness of opinion or temper; rugged sternness; hardness; relentless severity; hard-heartedness; cruelty.
All his
rigor
is turned to grief and pity.
Denham.
If I shall be condemn’d
Upon surmises, . . . I tell you
'T is
rigor
and not law.
Shakespeare
5.
Exactness without allowance, deviation, or indulgence; strictness;
as, the
rigor
of criticism; to execute a law with
rigor
; to enforce moral duties with
rigor
; – opposed to
lenity
.
6.
Severity of life; austerity; voluntary submission to pain, abstinence, or mortification.
The prince lived in this convent with all the
rigor
and austerity of a capuchin.
Addison.
7.
Violence; force; fury.
[Obs.]
Whose raging
rigor
neither steel nor brass could stay.
Spenser.
Syn. – Stiffness; rigidness; inflexibility; severity; austerity; sternness; harshness; strictness; exactness.

Webster 1828 Edition


Rigor

RIG'OR

,
Noun.
[L. from rigeo, to be stiff.
1.
Stiffness; rigidness; as Gorgonian rigor.
2.
In medicine, a sense of chilliness, with contradiction of the skin; a convulsive shuddering or slight tremor, as in the cold fit of a fever.
3.
Stiffness of opinion or temper; severity; sternness.
All his rigor is turned to grief and pity.
4.
Severity of life; austerity; voluntary submission to pain, abstinence or mortification.
5.
Strictness; exactness without allowance, latitude or indulgence; as the rigor of criticism; to execute a law with rigor; to enforce moral duties with rigor.
6.
violence; fury. [Not in use.]
7.
Hardness; solidity. [Unusual.]
8.
Severity; asperity; as the rigors of a cold winter.

Definition 2022


rigor

rigor

English

Noun

rigor (countable and uncountable, plural rigors)

  1. US spelling of rigour
  2. (slang) an abbreviated form of rigor mortis.
    • 2005, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Pashazade, page 4, paragraph 3
      Heat always upped the rate at which rigor gripped a corpse.

Italian

Noun

rigor m

  1. apocopic form of rigore

Latin

Etymology

From rigeō (I am rigid).

Pronunciation

  • (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈri.ɡor/, [ˈrɪ.ɡɔr]

Noun

rigor m (genitive rigōris); third declension

  1. stiffness, rigidity
  2. rigor, cold, harshness, severity

Inflection

Third declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative rigor rigōrēs
genitive rigōris rigōrum
dative rigōrī rigōribus
accusative rigōrem rigōrēs
ablative rigōre rigōribus
vocative rigor rigōrēs

Derived terms

  • rigōrātus

Related terms

Descendants

References


Old French

Noun

rigor f (oblique plural rigors, nominative singular rigor, nominative plural rigors)

  1. harshness; severity
  2. stiffness; rigidity

Descendants


Portuguese

Noun

rigor m (plural rigores)

  1. rigour (higher level of difficulty)
  2. rigour (severity or strictness)
  3. rigidity; inflexibility

Related terms


Serbo-Croatian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /rîɡor/
  • Hyphenation: ri‧gor

Noun

rȉgor m (Cyrillic spelling ри̏гор)

  1. rigour

Declension


Spanish

Etymology

From Latin rigor, rigoris.

Noun

rigor m (plural rigores)

  1. rigour