stam·​i·​na | \ ˈsta-mə-nə How to pronounce stamina (audio) \

Definition of stamina

1 : the bodily or mental capacity to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity : endurance a workout program that builds strength and stamina These horses are bred for speed and stamina. The use of pharmaceuticals to enhance memory, focus, and mental stamina in healthy brains is known generally as cognitive enhancement …— Paul McFedries
2 : the moral or emotional strength to continue with a difficult process, effort, etc. : staying power The network of obligations to family and community underpinned the soldier's moral stamina— Joseph Allan Frank

Examples of stamina in a Sentence

Do you have the stamina to finish the job?

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The question is whether Golden State has the stamina, both physically and mentally, to summon the magic that three straight wins would require. Connor Letourneau,, "What must Warriors do for NBA Finals comeback against Raptors?," 8 June 2019 Miss Alabama still has to be physically fit to have the stamina to do this job. Mary Colurso |,, "Miss Alabama 2019: Swimsuits are out, interviews are in for 47 women in state competition," 4 June 2019 For Woods, Saturday represented perhaps the best test yet of his health and stamina coming off years of back surgeries and recoveries. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Brooks Koepka Leads, Tiger Woods in Contention at PGA Championship," 11 Aug. 2018 Since the game series is famous for its non-interactive cut scenes, the ratio seems about right, though this may also boil down to Fillion not being quite up to Drake's unrealistic levels of stamina and strength. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Uncharted fan film, starring Nathan Fillion, beats Sony to live-action punch," 16 July 2018 So to compensate, Nagasu changed her training regimen and her diet to build up the stamina and energy needed to pull off the jump over and over again in practice. Time, "Mirai Nagasu's Historic Triple Axel Helps Land the U.S. Bronze in the Team Figure Skating," 12 Feb. 2018 Our stamina and vigor will encourage us all to fight back against the patriarchy and forces that aim to suppress our desires. Teen Vogue, "This Week's Horoscopes: April 7-13," 7 Apr. 2013 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 The administrator’s fervor and stamina elevated his profile significantly. Brady Dennis, Washington Post, "Scott Pruitt steps down as EPA head after ethics, management scandals," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of stamina

1726, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stamina

Latin, plural of stamen warp, thread of life spun by the Fates

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English Language Learners Definition of stamina

: great physical or mental strength that allows you to continue doing something for a long time


stam·​i·​na | \ ˈsta-mə-nə How to pronounce stamina (audio) \

Kids Definition of stamina

: the ability or strength to keep doing something for a long time


stam·​i·​na | \ ˈstam-ə-nə How to pronounce stamina (audio) \

Medical Definition of stamina

: the strength or vigor of bodily constitution : capacity for standing fatigue or resisting disease restoration of weight, strength and stamina following recovery from major surgeryJournal of the American Medical Association

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