Definitions for durationdʊˈreɪ ʃən, dyʊ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

du•ra•tiondʊˈreɪ ʃən, dyʊ-(n.)

  1. the length of time something continues or exists.

  2. continuance in time.

Origin of duration:

1350–1400; ME < ML dūrātiō; see durable,-tion

du•ra`tion•al(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. duration, continuance(noun)

    the period of time during which something continues

  2. duration, continuance(noun)

    the property of enduring or continuing in time

  3. duration, length(noun)

    continuance in time

    "the ceremony was of short duration"; "he complained about the length of time required"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. duration(noun)ʊˈreɪ ʃən, dyʊ-

    the time sth lasts

    for the duration of the performance; long duration balloon flights

Wiktionary

  1. duration(Noun)

    An amount of time or a particular time interval

  2. duration(Noun)

    (in the singular, not followed by "of") The time taken for the current situation to end, especially the current war

    Rationing will last at least for the duration.

  3. duration(Noun)

    A measure of the sensitivity of the price of a financial asset to changes in interest rates, computed for a simple bond as a weighted average of the maturities of the interest and principal payments associated with it.

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Webster Dictionary

  1. Duration(noun)

    the state or quality of lasting; continuance in time; the portion of time during which anything exists

Freebase

  1. Duration

    In music duration is an amount of time or a particular time interval. It is the length of a note. A duration is a property of a note that becomes one of the bases of rhythm. A tone may be sustained for varying lengths of time. For example, an event in the common sense has a duration greater than zero, but in certain specialized senses, a duration of zero. It is often cited as one of the fundamental aspects of music, encompassing rhythm, form, and even pitch. Durations, and their beginnings and endings, may be described as long, short, or taking a specific amount of time. Often duration is described according to terms borrowed from descriptions of pitch. As such, the duration complement is the amount of different durations used, the duration scale is an ordering of those durations from shortest to longest, the duration range is the difference in length between the shortest and longest, and the duration hierarchy is an ordering of those durations based on frequency of use. Durational patterns are the foreground details projected against a background metric structure, which includes meter, tempo, and all rhythmic aspects which produce temporal regularity or structure. Duration patterns may be divided into rhythmic units and rhythmic gestures. However, they may also be described using terms borrowed from the metrical feet of poetry: iamb, anapest, trochee, dactyl, and amphibrach, which may overlap to explain ambiguity.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'duration' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4700

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'duration' in Nouns Frequency: #1918


Translations for duration

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

duration(noun)

the length of time anything continues

We all had to stay indoors for the duration of the storm.

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