from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Capable of withstanding wear and tear or decay: a durable fabric.
  • adj. Able to perform or compete over a long period, as by avoiding or overcoming injuries: a durable fullback.
  • adj. Lasting; stable: a durable friendship.
  • adj. Economics Not depleted or consumed by use: durable goods.
  • n. Economics A manufactured product, such as an automobile or a household appliance, that can be used over a relatively long period without being depleted or consumed. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Able to resist wear, decay; lasting; enduring.
  • n. A durable good, one useful over more than one period, especially a year.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Able to endure or continue in a particular condition; lasting; not perishable or changeable; not wearing out or decaying soon; enduring

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the quality of lasting, or continuing long in being; not perishable or changeable; lasting; enduring: as, durable timber; durable cloth; durable happiness.
  • Synonyms Permanent, Stable, etc. (see lasting), abiding, continuing, firm, strong, tough.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of withstanding wear and tear and decay
  • adj. very long lasting
  • adj. existing for a long time


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dūrābilis, from dūrāre, to last; see deuə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dūrābilis ("lasting, permanent"), from dūrō ("harden, make hard"). (Wiktionary)


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