• WordNet 3.6
    • v withstand stand up or offer resistance to somebody or something
    • v withstand resist or confront with resistance "The politician defied public opinion","The new material withstands even the greatest wear and tear","The bridge held"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The honey badger can withstand hundreds of bee stings that would otherwise kill another animal
    • v. t Withstand To stand against; to oppose; to resist, either with physical or moral force; as, to withstand an attack of troops; to withstand eloquence or arguments. "I withstood him to the face.""Some village Hampden, that, with dauntless breast.
      The little tyrant of his fields withstood ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A Canadian, Troy Hurtubise, spent $100,000 and almost went bankrupt building a RoboCop style suit so that he could withstand a bear attack
    • withstand To stand against; oppose; resist, either with physical or with moral force: frequently with an implication of effectual resistance; resist or oppose suceessfully: as, to withstand the storm.
    • withstand Synonyms Resist, etc. (see oppose), confront, face.
    • withstand To make a stand; resist; show resistance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Scorpions can withstand 200 times more nuclear radiation than humans can.
    • v.t Withstand with-stand′ to stand against: to oppose or resist
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  • Louis XIV
    Louis XIV
    “There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.”
  • Jack Canfield
    Jack Canfield
    “Most fears cannot withstand the test of careful scrutiny and analysis. When we expose our fears to the light of thoughtful examination they usually just evaporate.”
  • George Washington
    “True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    “Humane sentiments are baseless, mad, and improper; they are incredibly feeble; never do they withstand the gainsaying passions, never do they resist bare necessity.”
  • Voltaire
    “No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.”
  • George Washington
    “Few people have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. wiðstandan,. See With (prep.), and Stand


In literature:

I have been with thee often, and was rushing to annihilation, because I could not withstand the ordeal of the senses.
"Myths And Legends Of Our Own Land, Complete" by Charles M. Skinner
Doth she continue with her wonted zeal Still bravely to withstand the leaguering foe?
"The Maid of Orleans A Tragedy" by Friedrich Schiller
Ten thousand men could not withstand fifty thousand.
"Bonnie Prince Charlie" by G. A. Henty
Terence saw that, this time, the odds would be too great to withstand.
"With Moore at Corunna" by G. A. Henty
How difficult to withstand constitutional foibles!
"Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
There appeared to be but one way of withstanding them.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
Indeed, we will withstand any of these like the bank withstanding the surging sea.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4" by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
We must provide so as to be able to withstand a winter siege.
"Wells Brothers" by Andy Adams
The supply of British ducks and geese can not forever withstand the market gunners and their shot-cannons.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
The ability to withstand disease germs varies with the particular animal and the kind of disease.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings

In poetry:

Crushed as a moth beneath thy hand,
We moulder to the dust;
Our feeble powers can ne'er withstand,
And all our beauty's lost.
"Psalm 39 part 3" by Isaac Watts
"England's our ain by heritage;
And what can us withstand,
Now we ha'e conquer'd fair Scotland,
With buckler, bow, and brand?"
"Auld Maitland" by Andrew Lang
The arm of Woo was full of might;
None could his fire withstand;
And Ching and K'ang stood forth to sight,
As kinged by God's own hand.
"On Sacrificing To The Kings Woo, Ching, And K'ang" by Confucius
Though snares and dangers throng my path,
And earth and hell my course withstand;
I triumph over all by faith,
Guarded by his Almighty hand.
"Walking With God" by John Newton
Sweating or freezing, we will bear it!
Thirst-pain and hunger will withstand,
For each stone is of use to Russia,
And each is given by our own hand!
"The Songs Of Siberian Exiles" by Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov
The first one is Desire,--
Who takes our hand
And fills our hearts with fire
None may withstand;--
Through whom we're lifted far
Above both moon and star.
"Three Things" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Washington withstands late surge to pick up first win of the season, 84-82.
Arlon says the liner can withstand moisture and will not tear or split-even when flooded.
Wife should withstand a few events with annoying in-laws.
5 Duke on Friday night but the Rams haven't faced a team with the big players who could withstand that pressure.
Senior, 53, withstands weather to win Aussie Open.
MARR is working with the Centers for Disease Control on 'Get Smart' week, informing people that forms of bacteria are starting to adapt and withstand the antibiotics we use.
MARR is working with the centers for disease control on 'Get Smart' week, informing people that forms of bacteria are starting to adapt and withstand the antibiotics we use.
Clay withstands early barrage by Marian, Jackson.
US economy could withstand brief fall off 'cliff.
US could withstand brief fall off 'cliff.
Economy could withstand brief fall off "cliff".
US economy could withstand brief fall off ' cliff .
It is the rare marriage, he said, that can withstand many months apart from one's spouse, as occurred often during Petraeus' career of multiple deployments.
Winter is on its way and now is the time to harvest those bulbs that might not withstand colder temps in the coming months.
The narrative has to be robust enough to withstand the shortened attention spans and quick turnaround of information found on the web.

In science:

However, not withstanding the great effort that has been put into this sub ject, physicists cannot even all agree on what such a theory should look like.
Review of the Topos Approach to Quantum Theory
In this context, we experimentally examine the ability of the band-limited coronagraph to withstand various complex telescope apertures.
Band-Limited Coronagraphs using a halftone-dot process: II. Advances and laboratory results for arbitrary telescope apertures
In general, GEM detectors feature excellent spatial (∼100 µm) and timing (∼5 ns) resolution and are proven to be able to withstand particle rates up to 10 MHz/cm2 .
Construction and Performance of Large-Area Triple-GEM Prototypes for Future Upgrades of the CMS Forward Muon System
Chaotic properties, statistical tests and security analysis allow us to consider that this generator has good pseudo-random characteristics and is capable to withstand attacks.
Randomness Quality of CI Chaotic Generators: Applications to Internet Security
This leads to conclude that the key space size is large enough to withstand attacks.
Randomness Quality of CI Chaotic Generators: Applications to Internet Security