• Patience
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n patience a card game played by one person
    • n patience good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The names of the two stone lions in front of the New York Public Library are Patience and Fortitude. They were named by then-mayor Fiorello LaGuardia
    • Patience (Bot) A kind of dock (Rumex Patientia), less common in America than in Europe; monk's rhubarb.
    • Patience Constancy in labor or application; perseverance. "He learned with patience , and with meekness taught."
    • Patience (Card Playing) Solitaire.
    • Patience Sufferance; permission. "They stay upon your patience ."
    • Patience The act or power of calmly or contentedly waiting for something due or hoped for; forbearance. "Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all."
    • Patience The state or quality of being patient; the power of suffering with fortitude; uncomplaining endurance of evils or wrongs, as toil, pain, poverty, insult, oppression, calamity, etc. "Strengthened with all might, . . . unto all patience and long-suffering.""I must have patience to endure the load.""Who hath learned lowliness
      From his Lord's cradle, patience from his cross."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Little Miss Muffet was a girl from the 16th century whose name was really Patience
    • n patience The quality of being patient. The power or capacity of physical endurance; ability to bear up against what affects the physical powers: as, patience of heat or of toil.
    • n patience The character or habit of mind that enables one to suffer afflictions, calamity, provocation, or other evil, with a calm unruffled temper; endurance without murmuring or fretfulness; calmness; composure.
    • n patience Quietness or calmness in waiting for something to happen; the cast or habit of mind that enables one to wait without discontent.
    • n patience Forbearance; leniency; indulgence; long-suffering.
    • n patience Constancy in labor or exertion; perseverance.
    • n patience Sufferance; permission.
    • n patience A plant, the patience dock. See dock
    • n patience A card-game: same as solitaire.
    • n patience Synonyms Patience, Fortitude., Endurance, Resignation. Patience is by derivation a virtue of suffering, but it is also equally an active virtue, as patience in industry, application, teaching. Passively, it is gentle, serene, self-possessed, without yielding its ground or repining; actively, it adds to so much of this spirit as may be appropriate to the situation a steady, watchful, untiring industry and faithfulness. Fortitude is the passive kind of patience, joined with notable courage. In endurance attention is directed to the fact of bearing labor, pain, contumely, etc., without direct implication as to the moral qualities required or shown. Resignation implies the voluntary submission of the will to a personal cause of affliction or loss; it is a high word, generally looking up to God as the controller of human life. Resignation is thus generally a submission or meekness, giving up or resigning personal desires to the will of God.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Patience pā′shens quality of being patient or able calmly to endure:
    • n Patience one who bears or suffers: a person under medical treatment
    • n Patience pā′shens (Shak.) permission: a card-game, same as Solitaire (q.v.)
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  • Indian Proverb
    Indian Proverb
    “For the friendship of two, the patience of one is required.”
  • Georges-Louis Leclerc Buffon
    Georges-Louis Leclerc Buffon
    “Genius is nothing but a great capacity for patience.”
  • Daisaku Ikeda
    Daisaku Ikeda
    “With love and patience, nothing is impossible.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “Our patience will achieve more than our force.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “Patience will achieve more than force.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “He that can have patience can have what he will.”


Patience of Job - If something requires the patience of Job, it requires great patience.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. patience, fr. L. patientia,. See Patient
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. patentiapatienspati, to bear.


In literature:

I will not speak of patience, since a reserve of mere patience may be useless preparation for the unknown quantity.
"Letters of a Soldier" by Anonymous
With the patience of the Oriental he stood in the shadow and waited.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
I felt very sad the morning I bade adieu to my mother and Aunt Patience, to go into the world alone.
"The Path of Duty, and Other Stories" by H. S. Caswell
Thus hustled by these dwarfs, and at the end of her patience, the giantess finally abandons the well.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
He bore my insults with the utmost patience.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
It was small wonder that the King's patience was exhausted.
"One Hundred Merrie And Delightsome Stories" by Various
Some lost patience, and went to other churches.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
The girl waited with what patience she could summon.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
It required a lot of patience on the part of the hunter, but the hunter had plenty of patience.
"The Adventures of Lightfoot the Deer" by Thornton W. Burgess
It's patience that pays.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

In poetry:

Louder and louder did he shout,
With witless hope to bring her near;
"Nay, patience! patience, little boy!
Your tender mother cannot hear."
"The Mother's Return" by William Wordsworth
Ye shall and must at last prevail;
God’s own ye are, ye cannot fail.
To God forever sing your praise
With joy and patience all your days.
"To Shepherds As They Watched" by Martin Luther
The autumn morning sweetly calls to me,
And autumn days and nights in patience wait;
I answer not, because I am not free,
Although I chose my fate.
"In The City" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Waking, I said, "These things are signs
Sent to insruct us that 'tis ours
Duly to keep and dress our vines, —
Waiting in patience for the flowers.
"A Dream" by Alice Cary
NAY, blame me not; I might have spared
Your patience many a trivial verse,
Yet these my earlier welcome shared,
So, let the better shield the worse.
"To My Readers" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
The eagle am I, with my fame in the world,
The wren is he, with his maiden face.
—-You look away and your lip is curled?
Patience, a moment's space!
"A Light Woman" by Robert Browning

In news:

Effective organic gardening takes patience and care.
It takes patience, and steady vigilance, and even a certain philosophical resignation.
Kentucky finds patience required with freshman QB Whitlow .
Patience, work pay off for W&M running back Jones.
With 76ers a work in progress , Doug Collins requests calm, patience.
Patience key for students - and golf instructor.
FAIRBANKS — They've been saying "Patience is a virtue" for a long time.
Gas shortage forces storm-battered NYC to ration for first time since 1970s , fraying patience.
Leaves will turn into great compost with a little work and lots of patience: The Real Dirt.
Civil Rights icon says practice ' aggressive patience.
Out of patience with Detroit's failure to reverse its falling revenues and slash rising expenses, - 10:46 pm.
Patience, focus and a commitment to long-term change are the keys to a successful downtown, according to a panelist at a symposium on city revitalization held Thursday at the BOCES center in the town of Johnstown.
McCaffery promises speed, but also patience.
NBA Is Collins' patience wearing thin.
And now the horse has rewarded him for that patience and belief.

In science:

The saddle point equations for the action in equ.(8) may be solved for increasing q until patience, or algebraic computing power, run out. “Generic” behaviour sets in at q = 4, as opposed to q = 3 for the standard action with L = 0.
Thin Animals
Diaconis, Longest increasing subsequences: from patience sorting to the Baik-Deift-Johansson theorem, Bul l.
Discrete orthogonal polynomial ensembles and the Plancherel measure
David Aldous and Persi Diaconis, Longest increasing subsequences: from patience sorting to the Baik-DeiftJohansson theorem, Bull.
Random words, quantum statistics, central limits, random matrices
Such findings open the gates to vast new domains of dynamics characterised by the emergence of a leptonic analogue to the CKM matrix, namely a nontrivial MNS matrix for lepton flavours . Effects will be even more subtle than their quark analogues, and searches for them will severely test our patience and dedication.
Heavy Flavour Physics: On Its More Than 50 Years Of History, Its Future And The Rio Manifesto
Fulman, J., Affine shuffles, shuffles with cuts, the Whitehouse module, and patience sorting.
Applications of Symmetric Functions to Cycle and Increasing Subsequence Structure after Shuffles (Part 2)