• WordNet 3.6
    • n endurance the power to withstand hardship or stress "the marathon tests a runner's endurance"
    • n endurance a state of surviving; remaining alive
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A surfer once sued another surfer for "stealing his wave." The case was thrown out because the court was unable to put a price on "pain and suffering" endured by the surfer watching someone else ride "his" wave
    • Endurance A state or quality of lasting or duration; lastingness; continuance. "Slurring with an evasive answer the question concerning the endurance of his own possession."
    • Endurance The act of bearing or suffering; a continuing under pain or distress without resistance, or without being overcome; sufferance; patience. "Their fortitude was most admirable in their patience and endurance of all evils, of pain and of death."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Diamond is the hardest naturally occurring substance, and is also one of the most valuable natural substances. Diamonds are crystals formed almost entirely of carbon. Because of its hardness, the diamond is the most enduring of all gemstones. They are among the most costly jewels in the world, partly because they are rare, Only four important diamond fields have been found in Africa, South America, India, and the Soviet Union.
    • n endurance Continuance; duration.
    • n endurance Continuance in bearing or suffering; the fact or state of enduring stress, hardship, pain, or the like; a holding out under adverse force or influence of any kind: as, the endurance of iron or timber under great strain; a person's endurance of severe affliction.
    • n endurance Ability to endure; power of bearing or suffering without giving way; capacity for continuance under stress, hardship, or infliction; as, to test the endurance of a brand of steel; that is beyond endurance, or surpasses endurance.
    • n endurance Delay; procrastination.
    • n endurance [The meaning of the word in the above extract has been disputed, some thinking it equivalent to durance, confinement; others, to suffering.] Synonyms and Fortitude, etc. (see patience); permanence, persistence, continuance, suffering, sufferance, tolerance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Owing to a faulty cornerstone, the church of St. John in Barmouth, Wales, crashed in ruins a minute after it was finished. It was rebuilt, and the new edifice has endured to the present day.
    • ns Endurance state of enduring or bearing: continuance: a suffering patiently without sinking: patience
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  • William Shakespeare
    “For there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently.”
  • Josiah Gilbert Holland
    “One thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast withers as rapidly; and that which grows slow endures.”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “Pray that you will never have to bear all that you are able to endure.”
  • Ovid
    “What is without periods of rest will not endure.”
  • Ernest Renan
    “No idea can succeed except at the expense of sacrifice; no one ever escapes without enduring strain from the struggle of life.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “If we were not all so excessively interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. endurance,. See Endure
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. endurer—L. indurārein, in, durus, hard.


In literature:

The battle between duty and inclination, between the ideal and the actual, will continue as long as life in the body endures.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford
She told him where to find it, and he cooled the steaming water to a temperature that she could endure without flinching.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
When she emerged from the shop, the vindictive endurance had vanished from her face, and in its place reigned an angelic exaltation.
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
For a terrible half hour he endured the sight of his father struggling for breath, being racked by spasms of coughing.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
Beth had been annoyed past all endurance.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
If any vague interest in life could come to her through the young Indian, he felt that he could endure his presence.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
It would be better that he should go and endure all the vials of their wrath than that.
"An Eye for an Eye" by Anthony Trollope
For my sake did Odysseus endure much toil and many adventures.
"The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tales of Troy" by Padriac Colum
With much difficulty I have endured so long; I cannot bear it longer.
"The Poison Tree" by Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
She had been too well known, and had to endure the fate of those who have long been talked about.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
This persecution has endured to this day in all Christian countries.
"History Of Ancient Civilization" by Charles Seignobos
Life, as it faced him, the individual, appeared to be almost too grim a business to be endured without hopes and dreams.
"The Hidden Places" by Bertrand W. Sinclair
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
"God's Plan with Men" by T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
I believe masters but seldom recognize the agony of spirit with which boys endure being beaten in these contests.
"The Bertrams" by Anthony Trollope
It was here that she spent her days, enduring their unvarying monotony, with sweet and unbroken contentment.
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
Colognac endured his sufferings with heroic fortitude.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
He was overcome with heat, and said he would rather hang himself than endure this horrible drudgery for two whole years.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
He endured too well, stood too well with every body.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
They can not endure harsh and insulting language, or any thing that is humiliating.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
We need numbers, especially in men of endurance.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter

In poetry:

But a heart whose love enduring
Swells in youthful fervor yet:
Snow and mists envelop Etna,
Making men the fire forget.
"Hatem" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Far be thine honor spread,
And long thy praise endure,
Till morning light and evening shade,
Shall be exchanged no more.
"Hymn" by Noah Calwell W Cannon
But here, how weak to hope that bliss
Unchanging will endure;
Ah, in a world so vain as this,
What heart can rest secure!
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
I well endure the fiercest pangs
That myriads give to one,--
But oh! my lovely France! I grieve,
To leave thee so undone.
"Napoleon" by James Avis Bartley
All things living He doth feed,
His full hands supplied their need,
For his mercies shall endure
Ever faithful, ever sure.
"Let us with a Gladsome Mind" by John Milton
"Look on the grave where thou must sleep
Thy last, and strongest foe;
It is endurance not to weep,
If that repose seem woe.
"Self-Interogation" by Emily Jane Bronte

In news:

Court won't hear Ala. Romney's presidential bid has endured several rough months.
Valerie Donzelli's film charts the struggle she and the father of her child endured when they found out their son had a brain tumor.
Having endured the cold winter of World War II's Battle Of The Bulge, I thought I had experienced it all in adverse weather conditions.
They endured 22 losses over the final 28 games, leading to accusations of "tanking" the season.
For all the questions and criticism the Jets have endured through the first six weeks of the season, here is where they find themselves this morning – tied for first place in the AFC East with.
Obama Endures Ortega Diatribe .
The current situation in Sudan is a master class in how dictatorships endure long after their ideological appeal has faded -- and far beyond what would seem to be the logical point of viability.
'It's hard to endure twice.'.
Expo Next keynote reveals what makes tradeshows endure.
For Will Dean and Guy Livingstone, co-founders of the Brooklyn-based extreme endurance series Tough Mudder, it's about.
Phoenix apartments' dwellers enduring disrepair .
More on Justice William Brennan from The New York Times Archives REASON AND PASSION Justice Brennan's Enduring Influence.
For almost two centuries, the enduring legend of maniacal barber Sweeney Todd and his savory human pies has inspired terror in the hearts and minds of the public, whether through the printed page or the theatrical stage.
Frederick Douglass ' enduring lessons.
Greaves Motorsport is set to compete in the World Endurance Championship next year as well as defending its Le Mans Series LMP2 title.

In science:

The developments that led to PG are presented in Part A of our book; in Part B, definite and enduring results of PG are displayed.
Gauge Theories of Gravitation
Weinberg, “Complementarity Endures: No Firewall for an Infalling Observer,” arXiv:1207.6626 [hep-th].
Black Hole Complementarity and the Harlow-Hayden Conjecture
One’s interests, expertise, and time available change; but Ramanujan’s formulae endure forever.
And free lunch for all...
Both Venus and the Earth also have regions in which inclined test particles can endure near the Lagrange points.
Asteroids in the Inner Solar System I - Existence
Also some radio fine structures before the enduring radio emission were observed with the 1.0-2.0 GHz spectrometer of Beijing Astronomical Observatory (BAO) in the same time.
Extended radio emission after the soft X-ray maximum of the NOAA 9077 AR solar flare on July 10, 2000
The first was getting there.” These young men endured a dangerous four to six month long trip along the so-called California Trail (see Fig. 1).
The LEP Trail to Non-Perturbative QCD
A full module and two half modules (an inner and an outer one) were selected for a series of I/V measurements (i.e. dark current vs bias voltage) and endurance test as a function of temperature and humidity. A full module was assembled in the same way as the ones used on the ladders in the MVD.
The ZEUS Micro Vertex Detector
Curiosity, obsession, and dogged endurance combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
Spectral theory of differential and difference operators has been an enduring theme of Des Evans’ research and I am pleased to dedicate this review to him.
CMV matrices: Five years after
Another enduring challenge in contemporary science, however, is to bridge the gap between a reductionist description of nature in “elementary” terms, and an effective description in terms of “emergent” excitations.
Review of Theoretical Status: the Long and Short of High Energy Jets
However, χ2 based tests have nevertheless endured as they are well known and simple estimators for flux variations.
Testing tests on AGN microvariability
The principle of universality of the weak interactions is a concept of enduring significance.
Radiative Corrections in Precision Electroweak Physics: a Historical Perspective
Many putative novel, features in particle physics can modify the above scenario and/or leave other enduring traces.
SN1987A - a Testing Ground for the KARMEN Anomaly
Such events may show distinct time differences in absolute values; however, the time difference may be rather small compared to the overall endurance of the event.
Relative timing of solar flares observed at different wavelengths
Quality of life issues: These begin in the workplace, with efficient layouts, good lighting, well-controlled temperature and humidity, and pleasing aesthetics – in contrast to some of the difficult (and occasionally dangerous) conditions experimentalists have endured in certain parasitic sites.
Reference Design Project Book: NUSEL-Homestake