• 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

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