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Recent Examples of durable from the Web
Durable clothes like jeans, tees, and sweaters can be rolled to fit between crevices and around harder items, while delicate dresses, blouses or suits can be flat packed in plastic dry cleaning bags to minimize wrinkles.
Sessions’s move defied a broad, durable consensus against civil forfeiture on both the left and the right in recent years.
That’s why researchers have been on a quest to find more durable data storage, like diamonds and even DNA.
Hardy hibiscus is a durable perennial that is often confused with its tropical cousin.
Both were power pitchers, but the Reds surmised that because Bailey was a bigger guy, his arm would be more durable than Cueto’s.
The government has also sunk more than $450 million into preparations for construction of a modern and more seismically durable pit production facility at Los Alamos, projected to have a total price tag between $1.5 billion and $3 billion.
Amazon claims the unit is more durable than Apple’s latest 7.9 inch IPad Mini 4 ($399).
But during the 20th century the automobile left one of the most durable marks on city planning.
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Did You Know?
Something "durable" lasts a long time, so it's no surprise that the word comes to us, via Anglo-French, from the Latin verb durare, meaning "to last." Other descendants of "durare" in English include "during," "endure," and "durance" (which now mostly turns up in the phrase "in durance vile," a fancy way of saying "in prison"). "Durable" even has a near synonym in the much rarer "perdurable," which combines "durare" with the prefix per- (meaning "throughout") to create a word that can mean "lasting a very long time or indefinitely" or "eternal."
Synonym Discussion of durable
DURABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of durable for English Language Learners
: staying strong and in good condition over a long period of time
DURABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of durable for Students
: able to last a long time durable furniture
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