du·ra·ble | \ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl also ˈdyu̇r- \

Definition of durable 

: able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration in quality or value a durable suitcase also : designed to be durable durable goods

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durability \ˌdu̇r-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌdyu̇r- \ noun
durableness \ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl-nəs, ˈdyu̇r- \ noun
durably \-blē \ adverb

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lasting, permanent, durable, stable mean enduring for so long as to seem fixed or established. lasting implies a capacity to continue indefinitely. a book that left a lasting impression on me permanent adds usually the implication of being designed or planned to stand or continue indefinitely. permanent living arrangements durable implies power to resist destructive agencies. durable fabrics stable implies lastingness because of resistance to being overturned or displaced. a stable government

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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."

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Made from durable, water-resistant twill that will break-in over time and sporting leather straps, this handsome bag is ideal for camping trips or cabin stays. Max Berlinger, latimes.com, "LeBron James carries a $41,000 bag. Here's your chance to get into the man-bag game with these picks," 12 July 2018 The result is a more durable, more useable, and cheaper part. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force is 3D Printing Coffee Cup Handles to Save Money," 10 July 2018 Orpik is a durable, physical defender who posted 10 assists in 81 games on the season, and scored his first goal in over two years during the Capitals' Stanley Cup run this spring. Michael Blinn, SI.com, "Capitals Trade Goalie Philipp Grubauer, Defenseman Brooks Orpik to Avalanche for Draft Pick," 22 June 2018 Built for family adventures, Armada is a strong, durable, authentic full-size SUV with ruggedness to spare, as well as style, V-8 performance and lots of advanced safety and security features. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Nissan Armada full-size SUV has plentyof room for the family, lots of technology," 17 June 2018 The truck must be durable, but so does the kitchen equipment inside, which has no back-up infrastructure. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Regulations and permit headaches keep food trucks from cruising down Easy Street," 12 June 2018 Even more important, the compact reciprocating saws are infinitely more durable, immune to overheating and just plain bulletproof than standard electric fillet knives. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Fillet blade a cut above the rest for anglers," 6 June 2018 Practical, durable, and well-designed suitcases don't—that's the point. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Smart Luggage, the End Is Nigh," 18 May 2018 Red clay was durable, affordable and retained heat. Brenda Yenke, cleveland.com, "English gardens, tea and musical complements: Yenke Peddler antiques," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of durable

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for durable

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin durabilis, from durare to last — more at during

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English Language Learners Definition of durable

: staying strong and in good condition over a long period of time


du·ra·ble | \ˈdu̇r-ə-bəl, ˈdyu̇r-\

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: able to last a long time durable furniture

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