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Definitions for duration
dʊˈreɪ ʃən, dyʊ-du·ra·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. duration, continuancenoun

    the period of time during which something continues

  2. duration, continuancenoun

    the property of enduring or continuing in time

  3. duration, lengthnoun

    continuance in time

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


  1. durationnoun

    An amount of time or a particular time interval

  2. durationnoun

    (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. durationnoun

    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.

  4. Etymology: From dictionary.reference.com:

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Durationnoun

    1.A sort of distance or length, the idea whereof we get, not from the permanent parts of space, but from the fleeting and perpetually perishing parts of succession. John Locke

    Etymology: duratio, Latin.

    Duration is a circumstance so essential to happiness, that if we conceived it possible for the joys of heaven itself to pass from us in an instant, we should find ourselves not much concerned for the attainment of them. John Rogers, Sermons.

    Aristotle , by greatness of action, does not only mean it should be great in its nature, but also in its duration, that it should have a due length in it. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 267.


  1. duration

    Duration is the length of time during which something continues or exists. It often refers to the ongoing continuity of an event, activity, condition, or state. It can also refer to the temporal length of a sound or musical note. Additionally, in finance, it represents a measure of a bond's price sensitivity to changes in interest rates.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Durationnoun

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

  2. Etymology: [OF. duration. See Dure.]


  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. duration

    A specific known amount of time.

    The duration of the project was mapped and they were all very grateful.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 3, 2020  

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of duration in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of duration in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of duration in a Sentence

  1. Kristen Knutson:

    Circadian misalignment could also lead to inadequate sleep duration and quality, which could also impair mood and exacerbate mood disorders.

  2. Nneka Abigail:

    It's very difficult at the moment for Nigerians and other foreigners to cross. The Ukrainian officials are allowing more Ukrainians to cross into Poland. For instance, around 200 to 300 Ukrainians can cross, and then only 10 foreigners or 5 will be allowed to cross... and the duration of time is too long. It's really hard.. they push us, kick us, insult us.

  3. National Aeronautics and Space Administration:

    In summary, the proposed study is a unique opportunity to examine the influence of space flight on the mutation rate and diversity of human persistent viruses and to assess the potential risk of virus mutations accumulating during long-duration missions.

  4. Gilad Bino:

    The platypuses are dying in many rivers and the situation seems to be getting worse, these are evolutionary relics unique to Australia, and factors such as the increasing frequency and duration of droughts are definitely going to drive many populations to extinction.

  5. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson:

    Hanford workers face a very real and immediate health risk, I want these protections now and I want them for the duration.

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