• WordNet 3.6
    • n durative the aspect of a verb that expresses its duration
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest recorded duration of a total solar eclipse was 7.5 minutes.
    • a Durative Continuing; not completed; implying duration. "Its durative tense, which expresses the thought of it as going on."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cat scratch disease, a benign but sometimes painful disease of short duration, is caused by a bacillus. Despite its name, the disease can be transmitted by many kinds of scratches besides those of cats.
    • durative In philology, that expresses or serves to express continued or continuing action: as, to ‘sit’ and to ‘strike’ are durative verbs, while to ‘strike down’ and to ‘sit down’ are perfective verbs and express completed action.
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  • Corrie Ten Boom
    Corrie Ten Boom
    “The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.”
  • Seneca
    “Authority founded on injustice is never of long duration.”
  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    “Duration is not a test of truth or falsehood.”


In literature:

For the eternal life is not a term that implies mere duration.
"The Life Radiant" by Lilian Whiting
At length, Timmy suffered a relapse of such duration that the parents became panic-stricken and quietly rebelled.
"The Short Life" by Francis Donovan
The relative duration is clear, tho the absolute duration may not be definable.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VI (of X)--Great Britain and Ireland IV" by Various
In a more general way, we may say from two to six days is the proper duration.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys
It was of short duration, but, considering the numbers engaged, was sanguinary.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
Their belief in its being an earthquake, however, was of short duration.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
Asthma of many years duration, and lately an incipient anasarca, with a paucity of urine.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
This ominous silence was not of long duration.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
There was a silence of some moments' duration.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843" by Various
Up to the present it has been impossible to determine the duration of the rotation.
"Astronomy for Amateurs" by Camille Flammarion

In poetry:

But if our lives, though of transient duration,
Are filled with some work in humanity's name,
Some uplifting effort, or self-immolation,
Our memories shall live in the temples of Fame.
"Shall Our Memories Live When The Sod Rolls Above Us?" by Alfred Castner King
Why the great dumb mountains, why the ocean hoary--
Even the babbling fountains, older are than story,
And his life's duration's but a few short marches
Of the constellations through the heavenly arches!
"A Pagan Reverie" by Frances Fuller Victor
Hast thou felt that with joy from all else thou couldst sever,
Might this feeling celestial but last thee for ever?
That the pleasure unearthly, so transiently given,
Needs only duration to make it a heaven?
"The Sabbath" by Caroline Fry
From morning suns and evenign dews
At first thy little being came:
If nothing once, you nothing lose,
For when you die you are the same;
…The space between, is but an hour,
…The frail duration of a flower.
"The Wild Honey-Suckle" by Philip Morin Freneau

In news:

Japan's Prime Minister to Forgo Salary for Duration of Nuclear Crisis.
Gauging the Duration of Giant Eruptions.
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He was the last of Edward W Scripps' descendants upon whom the duration of the trust was based.
I have been asked by readers if I would compile a list of essentials that would be needed for a medium duration disruption of community services.
Pregnant Women Could Benefit from Longer Exercise Duration.
Percentage increase in the duration of the average road trip due to gridlock .
Senior Athletes Go For the Gusto in Documentary Duration: 4:2.
The TrackMax cam offered.575 lift, a 220/224-degree duration split and a 112-degree LSA.
Most exercise recommendations for hypertensive patients suggest a duration of 20–60 minutes of low- to moderate- intensity cardiovascular exercise (40%– 70% VO2max) performed three to five times a week (Wallace 2003).
Craig Jones, Director of Cattle Professional Services with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc, explains why duration of immunity label claims are important to veterinarians and producers.
For the duration of the recent election season, Republicans seeking state and federal offices repeatedly asserted that the private sector is superior to the public sector in reading and responding to markets.
And the entire duration of a seven-year litigation in Gratiot County took place as all three decisions came down.
Despite Hurricane Sandy's projected path through Pennsylvania, four nuclear power plants in the storm's path will remain operational throughout the duration of the storm.
A dozen prisoners ordered jailed for duration of the war.

In science:

Before doing so, let us shortly comment on the rapidity densities dN/dy and collision durations listed in Table I.
Elliptic Flow from a Transversally Thermalized Fireball
FIG. 9: The asymmetry measure εp as a function of the duration of the time evolution at b = 7 fm with similar final particle spectra from both models.
Elliptic Flow from a Transversally Thermalized Fireball
We now let I (ν )dν be the light intensity in a frequency interval dν , multiplied by the duration, T , of its action.
On the Theory of Collisions between Atoms and Electrically Charged Particles
Pj is the probability that a time interval between two detection events has duration tj .
How photon detectors remove vacuum fluctuations
This ratio depends on the typical duration the CRs spend between their formation and their detection in the solar system, i.e., on the CR’s typical age.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth