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Definitions for durable
ˈdʊər ə bəl, ˈdyʊər-durable

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. durable, lasting, long-lasting, long-livedadjective

    existing for a long time

    "hopes for a durable peace"; "a long-lasting friendship"

  2. durable, long-wearingadjective

    capable of withstanding wear and tear and decay

    "durable denim jeans"

  3. durable, indestructible, perdurable, undestroyableadjective

    very long lasting

    "less durable rocks were gradually worn away to form valleys"; "the perdurable granite of the ancient Appalachian spine of the continent"


  1. durablenoun

    A durable good, one useful over more than one period, especially a year.

  2. durableadjective

    Able to resist wear, decay; lasting; enduring.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DURABLEadjective

    Etymology: durabilis, Latin.

    The bones of his body we may compare to the hard rocks and stones, and therefore strong and durable. Walter Raleigh, History.

    With pins of adamant,
    And chains, they made all fast; too fast they made,
    And durable! John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. x. l. 320.

    The glories of her majesty’s reign ought to be recorded in words more durable than brass, and such as our posterity may read a thousand years hence. Jonathan Swift.

    When on a day,
    For time, though in eternity, apply’d
    To motion, measures all things durable
    By present, past, and future, on such day
    As heav’n’s great year brings forth. John Milton, Paradise Lost.


  1. durable

    Durability is the ability of a physical product to remain functional, without requiring excessive maintenance or repair, when faced with the challenges of normal operation over its design lifetime.: 5  There are several measures of durability in use, including years of life, hours of use, and number of operational cycles. In economics, goods with a long usable life are referred to as durable goods.


  1. durable

    Durable refers to the quality of being sturdy or strong enough to withstand wear, pressure or damage. It often describes an object or material that has long-lasting resilience, not easily broken or destroyed. It can also describe abstract concepts, like a durable relationship or agreement, indicating they can remain effective or functional over a long period of time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Durableadjective

    able to endure or continue in a particular condition; lasting; not perishable or changeable; not wearing out or decaying soon; enduring; as, durable cloth; durable happiness

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Durable

    dūr′a-bl, adj. able to last or endure: hardy: permanent.—ns. Dur′ableness, Durabil′ity, quality of being durable: power of resisting decay.—adv. Dur′ably.—ns. Dur′ance, continuance: imprisonment: duress; Dur′ant, a strong cloth in imitation of buff-leather; Durā′tion, continuance in time: time indefinitely: power of continuance. [Fr.,—L. durabilisdurāre, to last.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of durable in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of durable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of durable in a Sentence

  1. Alec Young:

    A durable bottom in stocks requires neutralizing the virus' negative economic and earnings impact, the virus has injected huge uncertainty around consumer spending, the job market and business sentiment.

  2. Kevin Kendra:

    A lot of established products are diminishing assets, whereas the generics business is growing nicely for specialty injectables. The portfolio tends to be more durable.

  3. Pascal Sciarini:

    There is a deep and durable change in people's concerns and a new general awareness of the urgency, the expected progress of the Greens and Green Liberals (GLP) can clearly be explained by the environmental concerns linked to climate change.

  4. Tyson Barker:

    The relationship was not perfect before President Donald Trump took office. Both [ Barack ] Obama and [ George W. ] Bush before him had shifted their geopolitical focus to the Middle East and China, what Europe must accept is that President Donald Trump wasn't defeated in this election and someone like President Donald Trump could come again in four years. Brussels should think carefully about specific areas it can build durable trust and mechanisms that could endure Trump 2.0.

  5. Joshua Fogel:

    Ideally, (patients) should get a CPAP machine through their doctor's office or durable medical equipment (DME) company, who will then provide education and ongoing support for the CPAP device and supplies.

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    • A. ransom
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