endurance

noun
en·​dur·​ance | \ in-ˈdu̇r-ən(t)s How to pronounce endurance (audio) , -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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Broad Jumps Improves: Explosiveness, endurance, and speed Stand tall with feet hip-width apart and bend back at the hips, pulling your arms behind your body. Philly.com, "4 essential strength training moves for cyclists," 5 June 2018 Wearing the right sneakers on a long run will mean way more comfort, which could translate to better endurance and a more enjoyable workout. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "10 Things to Do Before and After a Workout to Get Better Results," 3 Jan. 2019 The latest record is a testament to the endurance of a plane that has spanned more... Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "A Boeing Pacesetter, the 737, Confronts Trying Times," 11 Mar. 2019 Before then, raising offspring was done by multi-member groups, rather than a monogamous heterosexual pair—and that is what led to the endurance of humankind. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The "Wonderful Weirdness" of Female Sexuality," 23 Oct. 2018 This creates constant tension in your muscles, which can improve the endurance of your muscular strength, Stokes explains. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Candace Cameron Bure Strengthens Her Quads and Inner Thighs With This 1 Super Tough Move," 8 Oct. 2018 Here’s the deal: getting stronger is a complex equation that involves fueling your body with healthy foods, making lifestyle changes (hello, self-care), and putting in the sweat to build muscle and endurance. Glamour, "8 Workout Moves for a Stronger Body in Two Weeks," 12 Mar. 2019 During the final month of training, once Larson had achieved her strength goals, Walsh shifted the focus toward endurance workouts (think strength circuits and HIIT sessions). Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Here's How Brie Larson Trained to Play Captain Marvel," 7 Mar. 2019 But this journey was certain to bring new challenges that would question my easy endurance. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "What It’s Like to Take the Longest Flight in the World," 26 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of endurance

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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endurance

noun

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

endurance

noun
en·​dur·​ance | \ in-ˈdu̇r-əns How to pronounce endurance (audio) , -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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