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Vigor \Vig"or\, n. [OE. vigour, vigor, OF. vigor, vigur, vigour, F. vigueur, fr. L. vigor, fr. vigere to be lively or strong. See Vegetable, Vigil.]

  1. Active strength or force of body or mind; capacity for exertion, physically, intellectually, or morally; force; energy.

    The vigor of this arm was never vain.

  2. Strength or force in animal or force in animal or vegetable nature or action; as, a plant grows with vigor.

  3. Strength; efficacy; potency.

    But in the fruithful earth . . . His beams, unactive else, their vigor find.

    Note: Vigor and its derivatives commonly imply active strength, or the power of action and exertion, in distinction from passive strength, or strength to endure.


Vigor \Vig"or\, v. t. To invigorate. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "physical strength, energy in an activity," from Anglo-French vigour, Old French vigor "force, strength" (Modern French vigueur), from Latin vigorem (nominative vigor) "liveliness, activity, force," from vigere "be lively, flourish, thrive," from PIE root *weg- (2) "be lively or active" (see wake (v.)).


n. (alternative spelling of vigour from=US English)

  1. n. an exertion of force; "he plays tennis with great energy" [syn: energy, vigour]

  2. active strength of body or mind [syn: vigour]

  3. an imaginative lively style (especially style of writing); "his writing conveys great energy" [syn: energy, vigour, vim]

Vigor (software)

Vigor is a clone of vi for UNIX that adds a parody of Clippit, the Microsoft Office assistant. The name is a portmanteau of vi (the name of the Unix text editor) and Igor, Dr. Frankenstein's assistant. Vigor was written by Joel Ray "Piquan" Holveck in Sunnyvale, California, and the logo for Vigor was created by Tom Mulder. Vigor has spawned ports to other text editors as well, including Vim. There is also a Vigor visualization plugin for the audio player XMMS.

The idea for Vigor originated in the User Friendly webcomic by J.D. "Illiad".

Vigor is currently hosted on Released under a BSD license, Vigor is free software.


Vigor or vigour may refer to:

Usage examples of "vigor".

His speed and vigor commanded their obedience: he passed the Hellespont with a chosen guard: and at the distance of a mile from Adrianople, the viziers and emirs, the imams and cadhis, the soldiers and the people, fell prostrate before the new sultan.

When the ambulance reached the edge of the dunes, where it was driven by Ajo, the battle was raging with even more vigor than the previous day.

Great ingenuity, however, and vigor of thought, sometimes break out amidst those unnatural conceptions: a few anacreontics surprise us by their ease and gayety: his prose writings please by the honesty and goodness which they express, and even by their spleen and melancholy.

The young empress of Andhra expressed herself, ah, with more youthful vigor.

It is sufficiently proved that the American,--the New Englander,--the Bostonian, can breed strong and sound children, generation after generation,--nay, I have shown by the record of a particular family that vital losses may be retrieved, and a feeble race grow to lusty vigor in this very climate and locality.

Ty was browner, leaner, and the mustache she had teased him about growing fitted the rough vigor of his features.

Borodin had turned in prophetic ecstasy upon modern Russia and bade it ring its bells and sound its chants, bade it push onward with its old faith and vigor, since the Slavonic grandeur and glory were assured.

During these pauses, Curley used his druidical arts of healing to help mend wounds and restore vigor.

In maintaining an erect position all these organs are drawn upward and held in their natural position, and this means greater vigor and better functioning on the part of each.

Active functioning of the alimentary canal is absolutely essential if the blood stream is to contain those elements essential to superior vital vigor.

Thus it came that, long after piracy ceased to be allowed at home, it continued in those far-away seas with unabated vigor, recruiting to its service all that lawless malign element which gathers together in every newly opened country where the only law is lawlessness, where might is right and where a living is to be gained with no more trouble than cutting a throat.

Vigor brand Russian-made condoms, a few soiled, dogeared cards from less-than-reputable Moscow clubs known for the sexual hijinks that took place in private back rooms--Tarnapolsky had a small collection of such cartes de vi site--and, the crowning touch, a half-used tube of ointment customarily used to treat the topical manifestation of certain more benign sexually communicable diseases.

They are three: The vigor of the mental movement in general, its strength upon the imaginative and sentimental side, and the suggestion from the environment in the way of musical instruments of adequate tonal powers.

According to Celsus, Mercurialis, and others, the gladiators were infibulated to guard against the loss of vigor by sexual excesses.

He infused the will and the vigor that would keep the struggle against tyranny going until the goal of an independent Netherlands was won eighty years after Louis of Nassau had lighted the sparks.