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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This test of physical and emotional stamina involves racial profiling by police, discovering self-love as essential to masculinity, and racially charged media coverage of tennis great Serena Williams. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "‘Citizen’ challenges actors, Seattle audiences to examine everyday racism," 26 July 2019 For Lauren Luteran, though, just being able to dance requires much more strength and stamina than the average performer exhibits. Carmen Dipippo,, "Dancer with Cystic Fibrosis Competes in SYTYCD Academy Round: 'I'm Proud of Who I've Become'," 15 July 2019 Lastly, build your endurance and stamina with cardio exercises. Essence, "Ask An OB-GYN: What Kind Of Sex Can I Expect After Years Of Being Abstinent?," 26 July 2019 Peña had struggled so often to maintain stamina in his outings that the Angels chose in April to ease him into games by opening his appearances with an inning or two from relief pitchers. Maria Torres,, "Angels point to Tyler Skaggs’ spirit and numerical oddities after no-hitter," 13 July 2019 The missions appear to use stamina mechanics found in other free-to-play games. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Will ‘BTS World’ video game be a hit when it launches June 26?," 25 June 2019 Few can forget the footage of the Obamas, Barack included, dancing up a storm at Beyoncé’s On the Run II tour, with the stamina of a professional backup dancer. Vogue, "Turns Out Michelle Obama Has a Mean Dodgeball Arm," 18 June 2019 The curriculum follows the Royal Academy of Dance Pre-Primary in Dance syllabus and will develop students’ physical skills, stamina, creative, expression and musicality., "Kate Middleton Says Princess Charlotte Is Excited to Start School with Prince George This Fall," 14 June 2019 The 41-year-old is still a starter at defensive midfield, a position that requires both stamina, athleticism and savvy. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: At 41 and playing in her seventh World Cup, Brazil's Formiga one for the ages," 8 June 2019

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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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