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Definitions for endurance
ɛnˈdʊər əns, -ˈdyʊər-en·durance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. endurancenoun

    the power to withstand hardship or stress

    "the marathon tests a runner's endurance"

  2. survival, endurancenoun

    a state of surviving; remaining alive


  1. endurancenoun

    The measure of a person's stamina or persistence.

    He has great endurance, he ran a marathon and then rode his bicycle home.

  2. endurancenoun

    Ability to endure hardship.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Endurancenoun

    Etymology: from endure.

    Some of them are of very great antiquity and continuance, others more late and of less endurance. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    Great things of small
    One can create; and in what place soe’er
    Thrive under evil, and work ease out of pain,
    Through labour and endurance. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii.

    Their fortitude was most admirable in their patience and endurance of all evils, of pain, and of death. William Temple.

    I should have ta’en some pains to bring together
    Yourself and your accusers, and have heard you,
    Without endurance further. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.


  1. endurance

    Endurance is the ability to withstand hardship, stress, or adversity for an extended period, or the capacity to maintain a physical or mental effort for a long duration. It often involves resilience, stamina, and perseverance. It can refer to both physical endurance, such as in sports or extreme conditions, and mental or emotional endurance, such as persisting in solving a difficult problem or overcoming a traumatic event.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Endurancenoun

    a state or quality of lasting or duration; lastingness; continuance

  2. Endurancenoun

    the act of bearing or suffering; a continuing under pain or distress without resistance, or without being overcome; sufferance; patience


  1. Endurance

    Endurance is the ability of an organism to exert itself and remain active for a long period of time, as well as its ability to resist, withstand, recover from, and have immunity to trauma, wounds, or fatigue. In humans, it is usually used in aerobic or anaerobic exercise. The definition of 'long' varies according to the type of exertion – minutes for high intensity anaerobic exercise, hours or days for low intensity aerobic exercise. Training for endurance can have a negative impact on the ability to exert strength unless an individual also undertakes resistance training to counteract this effect. Many personnel consider endurance to be an indicator of progress, when strength and cardio training. A person is able to accomplish or withstand a higher amount of effort then their original capabilities means their endurance is increasing expressing improvement. In looking to improve ones endurance they may slowly increase the amount of repetitions or time spent, if higher repetitions are taken rapidly muscle strength improves while less endurance is gained. Increasing endurance has been proven to release endorphins resulting in a positive mind. The act of gaining endurance through physical activity has been shown to decrease anxiety, depression, and stress, or any chronic disease in total. Although a greater endurance can assist the cardiovascular system it does not imply that any cardiovascular disease can be guaranteed to improve. "The major metabolic consequences of the adaptations of muscle to endurance exercise are a slower utilization of muscle glycogen and blood glucose, a greater reliance on fat oxidation, and less lactate production during exercise of a given intensity."

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. endurance

    The time an aircraft can continue flying, or a ground vehicle or ship can continue operating, under specified conditions, e.g., without refueling. See also endurance distance.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of endurance in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of endurance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of endurance in a Sentence

  1. Kiaran McLaughlin:

    Sheikh Mohammed actually rides in endurance races.

  2. Barry Williams:

    Oh, I was committed to a lifetime of show business long before ‘The Brady Bunch,’ in fact, I don’t think any of us really held up high hopes that it would have this kind of endurance. Even by television standards, it’s a pretty unique series. It’s been a sitcom, a cartoon show, a variety hour, a Christmas special, a movie twice (we did my book [‘Growing Up Brady’] as a TV movie) and ‘A Very Brady Renovation.’ There have been so many things around it, more than pretty much any television series I can think of.

  3. Henry Kissinger, Years of Upheaval:

    A crisis does not always appear to a policymaker as a series of dramatic events. Usually it imposes itself as an exhausting agenda of petty chores demanding both concentration and endurance.

  4. Seneca:

    Without an adversary prowess shrivels. We see how great and efficient it really is only when it shows by endurance what it is capable of.

  5. Hellen Obiri:

    I have a lot of speed work to do between now and then. I have worked hard on my endurance and now I need to concentrate on the last 300m.

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