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Recent Examples of durable from the Web
Both were power pitchers, but the Reds surmised that because Bailey was a bigger guy, his arm would be more durable than Cueto’s.
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.
But who would have thought that latex brushes would exist or that matte lipstick would be so easy to apply and so durable.
This strong and durable messenger bag has a handsome green, gray, and brown color scheme made of both stylish canvas and wool pieces.
A central tenet of this durable pro-Saudi dogma, indeed of nearly all U.S. alliances in the Middle East, is the sale of U.S. arms.
Keep in mind that off-brand versions of switches tend to be less durable than the originals, but your individual mileage may vary.
The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index missed expectations with a reading of 56.9 for the month of May, while durable goods orders fell more than expected at 0.8 percent.
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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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