stam·i·na | \ˈsta-mə-nə \

Definition of stamina 

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Do you have the stamina to finish the job?

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That means these winning race horses likely come from lineages that exhibited both speed and stamina, as well as intelligence and good judgement. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Justify Could Win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, But It's a Long Shot. Here's Why," 8 June 2018 The public loved Alydar's closing kick, but Affirmed dominated the rivalry with tactical speed and stamina. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Affirmed comes in at No. 5 in Triple Crown poll," 4 June 2018 But should another horse triumph over the tough mile-and-a-half Derby course on the Epsom Downs south of London -- a test which requires both speed and stamina -- a lucrative career at stud still beckons. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "The Derby: Saxon Warrior set for '£50M payday' for Epsom Classic win," 31 May 2018 Then again, Thomas is a two-time All-Star who was third in the NBA in scoring, and Lue believes the Cavs' offense will click once Thomas has regained his speed and stamina after missing the first 36 games. Joe Vardon,, "Kevin Love likely to participate in All-Star 3-point contest, waits for LeBron James to pick him for game," 24 Jan. 2018 The horse went on to win many more races and was dubbed Iron Horse for his stamina and victories. Jacques Kelly,, "Jacques Kelly: When considering the fate of the Preakness at Pimlico, don't forget the comeback of 1909," 19 May 2018 Unlike the Belmont, which is run at a 1 1/2-mile distance that many horses don't have the stamina to handle, the Preakness is a much more forgiving 1 3/16 miles. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Why it's impossible to pick against Derby winner Justify in the Preakness," 16 May 2018 Labas' comeback continues: Bit by bit, LSU freshman pitcher AJ Labas has built his stamina while rehabbing from back surgery. Ron Higgins,, "LSU hammers Nicholls pitching in a 10-1 victory," 3 Apr. 2018 Then Medvedeva broke a bone in her right foot last fall, missed training time and two important competitions and perhaps never fully regaining her stamina. Anchorage Daily News, "Figure skater Alina Zagitova wins Russia’s first gold medal," 23 Feb. 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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