1 stubbornly unyielding; "dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion" [syn: bulldog, dogged, dour, pertinacious, unyielding]
2 (of memory) having greater than average range; "a long memory especially for insults"; "a tenacious memory" [syn: long]
3 sticking together; "two coherent sheets"; "tenacious burrs" [syn: coherent]
- /təˈneɪʃəs/, /t@"neIS@s/
- Rhymes: -eɪʃəs
clinging to an object or surface; adhesive
unwilling to yield from a point of view etc; dogged
Tenacious root word tenac from greek meaning strong/determined:
Ships and boats:
- HMS Tenacious (R45), a British Royal Navy destroyer.
- RSS Tenacious (71), a Formidable class frigate of the Republic of Singapore Navy.
- USNS Tenacious (T-AGOS-17), a United States Navy Ocean Surveillance Ship.
- SV Tenacious, a British sail training ship.
- Tenacious, a racing yacht based on a design by Sparkman & Stephens and built by the Palmer Johnson yard. Winner of the 1979 Fastnet race.
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