American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- adj. Able to resist wear, decay; lasting; enduring.
- n. economics A durable good, one useful over more than one period, especially a year.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Able to endure or continue in a particular condition; lasting; not perishable or changeable; not wearing out or decaying soon; enduring.
- adj. capable of withstanding wear and tear and decay
- adj. very long lasting
- adj. existing for a long time
- From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dūrābilis ("lasting, permanent"), from dūrō ("harden, make hard"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“About 2.1 million manufacturing jobs have been lost since December 2007; the majority of this decline has occurred in durable goods manufacturing (-1.6 million).”
“Exactly which government job was responsible for the increase in durable goods production and service sector jobs?”
“We need to see if the pitchers under the Texas system remain durable and how many more innings they pitch over an extended time.”
“In my opinion, one of the things that makes 12 Angry Men so durable is the fact that it is firmly based in people.”
“The business of marketers should be to invest in durable, authentic content and experiences for their customers, not coming up with increasingly effective ways of taking them to the cleaners.”
“Ahead of the Christmas shopping season, prices for consumer and medium-term durable goods increased compared with last month.”
“There might need to be a small investment in durable items, but after that the change will save money.”
“We've seen regrettably terrible conflicts of this nature in the past and, whether we're horrified because we see civilian casualties in Gaza or civilian casualties in Israel, we're horrified because of all of these examples show the ongoing need for a long-term durable peace.”
“Lankan Foreign Minister when he was in Australia in the course of last year - that the only viable solution to the Sri Lankan difficulty is a long-term durable political solution.”
“Given that all of the Chekhov stories translated by Garnett can be downloaded for free (James Rusk made them available at chekhov2. tripod.com), Ecco might be wise to assemble the books in durable hardback; they will always find a market.”
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