stam·​i·​na | \ˈsta-mə-nə \

Definition of stamina 

Examples of stamina in a Sentence

Do you have the stamina to finish the job?

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There would be 20-hour days, taking green tea pills for stamina. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Why the Fashion World Needs to Commit to an 18+ Modeling Standard," 16 Aug. 2018 As for the rest of the match, Cincinnati's focus was maintaining stamina and earning three points, unlike Wednesday night when the club blew a two-goal lead in the second half and drew last-place Toronto FC II 3-3. Charlie Hatch,, "FC Cincinnati beats Ottawa Fury FC 2-0 at Nippert, grows USL Eastern Conference lead," 30 June 2018 Hoppert: The sire of this third-place Preakness finisher is Curlin, who had stamina and speed, and his dam is Temptress, by Tapit. Joe Drape, New York Times, "Belmont Stakes 2018: Latest Odds, Picks and Contenders," 8 June 2018 Horses whose pedigrees are based on speed rather than stamina are unlikely to run their best, never mind improve, going 1 ½ miles. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "Justify bidding for rare Triple Crown sweep in Belmont," 8 June 2018 So many excellent horses tried and failed for reasons of competition, health, stamina and luck. Childs Walker,, "Five storylines as Justify prepares for his Triple Crown bid in Belmont Stakes," 1 June 2018 Effects of this include more energy, stamina and brainpower. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Why You Should Be Eating More Beets," 26 May 2018 Steph’s got unbelievable stamina and physical toughness, mental toughness. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Curry’s big night was one for the books," 20 May 2018 Marnell III and commissioners Staci Alonso, Sandra D. Morgan, Dr. Robert McBeath and Christopher Ault voted unanimously to discipline Alvarez for his use of clenbuterol, banned for its effects in assisting stamina and endurance. Lance Pugmire,, "Decision to suspend Canelo Alvarez allows boxing to move forward and address pressing issues," 18 Apr. 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 \

Kids Definition of stamina

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


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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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