What does duration mean?

Definitions for durationdʊˈreɪ ʃən, dyʊ-

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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"


  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.

  4. Origin: From dictionary.reference.com:

Webster Dictionary

  1. Duration(noun)

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

  2. Origin: [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.

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anne Morrow Lindbergh:

    Duration is not a test of truth or falsehood.

  2. Scott Minerd:

    We purchased long-duration, high-quality agencies.

  3. Charles Czeisler:

    Duration, timing and quality of sleep are the key factors.

  4. Debora Warner:

    You can be very specific about incline, duration, number of reps.

  5. Honore de Balzac:

    The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.

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