en·dur·ance | \ in-ˈdu̇r-ən(t)s , -ˈdyu̇r- , en- \

Definition of endurance 

1 : the ability to withstand hardship or adversity especially : the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity a marathon runner's endurance

2 : the act or an instance of enduring or suffering endurance of many hardships

3 : permanence, duration the endurance of the play's importance

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Examples of endurance in a Sentence

The exercise program is designed to increase both strength and endurance. the endurance of his love for his wife was not arrested even by her death

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The first task in climate adaptation is to overcome fatalism by creating community ties to build endurance and find solutions. The Christian Science Monitor, "Thai cave rescue: a metaphor on climate adaptation," 9 July 2018 Lovullo noted that Avila is participating in all baseball activities without any pain, and the catcher is mainly just building up endurance. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Patrick Corbin building relationship with catcher Jeff Mathis," 3 July 2018 This trend continues into adulthood, particularly in strength and endurance sports. Stephanie Case, Outside Online, "Op-Ed: We Need to Fix Ultrarunning's Gender Problem," 25 May 2018 Between the Nautilus and theoretical destruction was her high speed, endurance and ability to dive to great depths. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 13, 1958: Aboard the Nautilus," 13 May 2018 Testosterone helps build muscle, endurance and speed. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Is this woman too much a man? Track’s powers that be think so," 8 May 2018 Leos’ way into the Boston’s crowded and elite field would not come from sweat and endurance, but rather from a weakness in the race’s rules. Roy Bragg, San Antonio Express-News, "Better running through paperwork," 15 Apr. 2018 During an acoustic endurance event, engineers shut the 18-ish-inch-thick door, filled with sound-absorbing sand, that rolls closed in front of the spacecraft. Sarah Scoles, WIRED, "Inside the Test Chamber for NASA's Astronaut Vehicle Double," 12 July 2018 Then in 1927, at the end of his endurance, Slater smuggled a note to Conan Doyle that set the author on the case again. Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "Lit Life: Three true-crime stories that are stranger than fiction," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of endurance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of endurance

: the ability to do something difficult for a long time

: the ability to deal with pain or suffering that continues for a long time

: the quality of continuing for a long time


en·dur·ance | \ in-ˈdu̇r-əns , -ˈdyu̇r- \

Kids Definition of endurance

: the ability to put up with strain, suffering, or hardship The long hike tested our endurance.

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