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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Colin O’Brady is an endurance athlete who decided to cross Antarctica on his own, a feat never before accomplished. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "One Man Successfully Crossed Antarctica Alone," 31 Dec. 2018 And year by year, sensors are able to detect smaller and smaller targets that have increased endurance. Angela Chen, The Verge, "A retired Navy captain explains how drones will shape the future of war," 5 Dec. 2018 Built on the airframe of the obsolete P-3C Orion submarine hunter, the EP-3 can fly long-endurance missions near potential adversaries, peering deep into their territory with high-gain dish antennas. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Accuses Russian Fighter of 'Unsafe Intercept' Over Black Sea," 5 Nov. 2018 Some students approach college as a solo endurance test, a kind of unaided climb up an academic Mount Everest. Michael E. Latham, Teen Vogue, "College Advice From a College Dean," 13 Aug. 2018 One study surveyed the DNA of more than a quarter-million people to identify 74 distinct regions of the genome associated with educational endurance. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "The genetics of education: 1,271 genes account for 10% of the variation," 25 July 2018 That’s going to benefit me as a bigger catcher, help me get lower and help with durability, stamina and endurance. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Austin Allen 'opening eyes' in Texas League," 5 May 2018 From the start, Trump sought to make Clinton's stamina and endurance -- both code words for her overall health -- an issue in the campaign. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "Here's 4 reasons why Donald Trump faking a doctor's note actually matters," 2 May 2018 Earlier this week, Russian curling medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky agreed to hand back his mixed-team bronze medal after testing positive for meldonium, which can aid in endurance. Anchorage Daily News, "2nd Russian athlete fails doping test at Winter Games," 23 Feb. 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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