Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of lasting; duration, permanence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of lasting; durability; permanence; long continuance.

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

  • n. permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force

Etymologies

From lasting +‎ -ness. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Further to the notion of giving account of ourselves, of indexing as David Altjmed's recent show undertakes, Carreiro examines the idea of impermanence, the delicacy and to use a Lisa Robertson term "lastingness" of text, and literally of letters themselves.

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • Real love, he asks; not the degraded things to which men give that great name, as to every passing gust of feeling, to every unworthy untamed emotion: but the divine quality, when to the "lastingness," which he requires, is also joined that which is the inner essence of Love, viz., sacrifice.

    The Form of Perfect Living and Other Prose Treatises

  • The artist must avoid rigidity, must stay fresh and open to possibility, if he or she is to achieve "lastingness."

    Nicholas Delbanco's "Lastingness: the Art of Old Age"

  • He writes in his introduction: What interests me is lastingness: how it may be attained.

    Nicholas Delbanco's "Lastingness: the Art of Old Age"

  • For five cents I could buy five "cannon-balls" -- big lumps of the most delicious lastingness.

    Chapter 5

  • Perhaps our feelings obey the laws of nature as to the lastingness of her creations; to a long life a long childhood.

    Ursula

  • Item: To lovers I devise their imaginary world, with whatever they may need, as the stars of the sky, the red, red roses by the wall, the snow of the hawthorn, the sweet strains of music, or aught else they may desire to figure to each other the lastingness and beauty of their love.

    Williston Fish (1858-1939)

  • When the work was finally to be taken up, it was to be upon a solid foundation which should last with the lastingness of education.

    The Deaf Their Position in Society and the Provision for Their Education in the United States

  • The distinctness with which we can picture the successive scenes of his not extraordinary journey and the lastingness of the impressions left on us are the best testimony to his quality as a master of English prose.

    Biographical Note

  • The sense of lastingness was gone from her and every moment with Harney would now be ringed with doubt.

    Summer; a novel

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