• WordNet 3.6
    • n durability permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force "they advertised the durability of their products"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Durability The state or quality of being durable; the power of uninterrupted or long continuance in any condition; the power of resisting agents or influences which tend to cause changes, decay, or dissolution; lastingness. "A Gothic cathedral raises ideas of grandeur in our minds by the size, its height, . . . its antiquity, and its durability ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n durability The quality of being durable; the power of lasting or continuing in the same state by resistance to causes of decay or dissolution.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Durability quality of being durable: power of resisting decay
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  • Bill Russell
    Bill Russell
    “Durability is part of what makes a great athlete.”
  • Menander of Athens
    Menander of Athens
    “Man must be prepared for every event of life, for there is nothing that is durable.”
  • Bertolt Brecht
    “People are too durable, that's their main trouble. They can do too much to themselves, they last too long.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The temperate person's pleasures are durable because they are regular; and all their life is calm and serene, because it is innocent.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “The word of man is the most durable of all material.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “But true love is a durable fire, in the mind ever burning. Never sick, never old, never dead. From itself never turning.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. durabilitas,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. durabilisdurāre, to last.


In literature:

But it isn't as durable as Grade A.
"Cluthe's Advice to the Ruptured" by Chas. Cluthe & Sons
On the surface they lie chiefly as bowlders of less or greater size, usually of hard and durable kinds.
"Rural Architecture" by Lewis Falley Allen
Truth is one, and the work which expounds it is an imposing and durable edifice.
"Sophisms of the Protectionists" by Frederic Bastiat
"Guano" by Solon Robinson
This kind of work is more solid than the other, and is for that reason very durable.
"Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving" by Grace Christie
The fiber is fine, light, strong, and durable.
"Textiles and Clothing" by Kate Heintz Watson
All these sandstones are not fit for building purposes, and those that are so used differ considerably in their durability.
"The American Architect and Building News, Vol. 27, Jan-Mar, 1890" by Various
Those of Padua are highly polished and durable, but frequently false.
"The Violin" by George Hart
It is extremely strong and durable.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Corners made of vellum or parchment are more durable than any leather.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
It is impossible to overestimate the durability of homespun materials.
"Home Life in Colonial Days" by Alice Morse Earle
No durable system of jurisprudence could be produced in this way.
"Ancient Law" by Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
In clay, brush drains might be more durable.
"Farm drainage" by Henry Flagg French
There is no known limit to the durability of a drain made of good tile.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
Irish frieze has extraordinary durability, and the fibers are the longest and strongest made.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
I afterward learned that it was the work of an artist, and durable as granite.
"Mizora: A Prophecy" by Mary E. Bradley
The last are generally sold as jute-rugs, and they are nearly as durable as woollen floor-covers.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
The best silk varieties are very durable.
"The Story of Silk" by Sara Ware Bassett
Wood pale, soft, coarse, splintery, not durable.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
If wood is used, only the most durable kinds should enter into the construction of the house.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick

In poetry:

I love the stony pasture
That no one else will have.
The old gray rocks so friendly seem,
So durable and brave.
"The Deserted Pasture" by Bliss William Carman
And, with this self—congratulation,
Each one the other banned,
With threats of durable damnation
From the Eternal Hand.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
But true love is a durable fire,
In the mind ever burning,
Never sick, never dead, never cold,
From itself never turning.
"As ye came from the Holy Land" by Anonymous British
The ancient songs they wither as the grass
And waste as doth a garment waxen old,
All poets have been fools who thought to mould
A monument more durable than brass.
"Victory" by C S Lewis

In news:

Laminate flooring can be a durable and practical choice for your home, but to ensure you maintain the look you want, it's essential to follow the proper care recommendations.
A high-durability grade of three-dimensional laminate called Kydex HD surpasses high-pressure laminates , melamines, and rigid thermofoils in resistance to surface and edge impact.
Earlier this week I wrote about the long-standing hope of Democrats that demographic changes are working in their favor and will soon create a durable national Dem majority.
This durable lock is designed for us in healthcare and educational environments that are subject to severe abuse.
US durable goods orders rise and so does Italian business optimism.
The Women's Long Sleeve Sunbeater Shirt is made of durable nylon that pulls moisture away from skin, keeping you cool and dry.
Third Party Study Proves Yamaha's Longstanding Claim of Most Durable CVT.
Yamaha ATV and SxS Vehicles have Industry's Best Drivetrain DurabilityThird Party Study Proves Yamaha's Longstanding Claim of Most Durable CVT Transmission CYPRESS, Calif – Aug 15, 2011 – Yamaha Motor Corp.
The enhanced Unisaw (model 36-L552LVC) delivers the durability and power of a three-phase Baldor motor with low voltage (24V) at the switch.
Designed for today's modern sportbike, the M-1 Stand is constructed from heavy-duty rolled steel with reinforced internal steel plugs for added strength and durability.
Of the many debates held and decisions made when designing a sports field, the durability of synthetic turf versus the immaculate look, feel and maintenance of natural turf is one of the most divisive for parks and rec officials.
Plextor adds the M2 Series solid-state data storage drives based on Marvell controllers for fast speeds and durability to its SSD portfolio eleven months after launching its first M1 series.
UPM Raflatac has launched a new, top-coated polyester face PET Matte White TC 50 as part of its durable labeling range.
Stainless steel construction provides durability and sanitation.
The reliable and durable mock orange .

In science:

In addition, there are other factors that contribute to the durability and robustness of a memory.
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
The test of straw durability to gas has shown the absence of gas leakages. Fig.4 demonstrates the general layout of straw.
Development of High Granulated Straw Chambers of Large Sizes
Importantly, FeS membranes formed in the laboratory show a 20-40 fold increased durability on adding abiogenic organics.
Magnetism, FeS colloids, and Origins of Life
The random walk model of price changes in financial time serie s has been so durable because it is nearly correct.
Statistical Methods for Estimating the non-random Content of Financial Markets
The random walk model of price changes in financial time serie s has been so durable because it is nearly correct.
About the non-random Content of Financial Markets
Noble. Samsara: honor among thieves in peerto-peer storage. in ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles. 2003. R. Kotla, L. Alvisi, and M. Dahlin. SafeStore: A Durable and Practical Storage System. in USENIX Annual Technical Conference.
GPUs as Storage System Accelerators
The information has certainly been durable (although in the case of Archimedes, not without some close calls; Netz and Noel, 2007).
Fully Digital: Policy and Process Implications for the AAS
And since a lot of electronic and even mechanic4 functionality can be integrated into a semicondutor, modern consumer products like cell phones contain nearly only semiconductors along very few other parts, making them very durable and cheap.
Modern consumerism and the waste problem
In addition, their leak tightness and durability under these conditions must be investigated.
Performance of a cryogenic system prototype for the XENON1T Detector
Some things (such as the OpenCL programming model) are expected to be durable for at least some time, but the fine features determining tuning decisions such as those outlined above are subject to frequent change.
High-Order Discontinuous Galerkin Methods by GPU Metaprogramming
Glacier: Highly Durable, Decentralized Storage Despite Massive Correlated Failures.
CORE: Augmenting Regenerating-Coding-Based Recovery for Single and Concurrent Failures in Distributed Storage Systems
Given these constraints, AMANDA technologies and system architecture were developed, and now proven by five years of operation, to be reliable, durable, and robust.
Physics and Operation of the AMANDA-II High Energy Neutrino Telescope
For instance, related distinctions one could make here are on rivalry and durability of a resource. A rivalrous resource cannot be used at the same time by another user, whereas access to a nonrival resource does not exclude such access by others (cf. common property resources).
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management
Durable resources do not degrade or get used up, whereas non-durable do degrade or can be used only once (cf. the difference between ’bits’ and ’atoms’).
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management
Despite these indications that the Standard Model is wrong, it has passed many, many experimental tests. I suppose that it seems as durable as the Roman Empire must have seemed to those living in La Thuile two thousand years ago.
Through a glass, darkly: theory summary