Definitions

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

  • n. The capacity, quality, or fact of being patient.
  • n. Chiefly British The game solitaire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being patient.
  • n. solitaire (card game).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being patient; the power of suffering with fortitude; uncomplaining endurance of evils or wrongs, as toil, pain, poverty, insult, oppression, calamity, etc.
  • n. The act or power of calmly or contentedly waiting for something due or hoped for; forbearance.
  • n. Constancy in labor or application; perseverance.
  • n. Sufferance; permission.
  • n. A kind of dock (Rumex Patientia), less common in America than in Europe; monk's rhubarb.
  • n. Solitaire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being patient.
  • n. The character or habit of mind that enables one to suffer afflictions, calamity, provocation, or other evil, with a calm unruffled temper; endurance without murmuring or fretfulness; calmness; composure.
  • n. Quietness or calmness in waiting for something to happen; the cast or habit of mind that enables one to wait without discontent.
  • n. Forbearance; leniency; indulgence; long-suffering.
  • n. Constancy in labor or exertion; perseverance.
  • n. Sufferance; permission.
  • n. A plant, the patience dock. See dock
  • n. A card-game: same as solitaire.
  • n. Synonyms Patience, Fortitude., Endurance, Resignation. Patience is by derivation a virtue of suffering, but it is also equally an active virtue, as patience in industry, application, teaching. Passively, it is gentle, serene, self-possessed, without yielding its ground or repining; actively, it adds to so much of this spirit as may be appropriate to the situation a steady, watchful, untiring industry and faithfulness. Fortitude is the passive kind of patience, joined with notable courage. In endurance attention is directed to the fact of bearing labor, pain, contumely, etc., without direct implication as to the moral qualities required or shown. Resignation implies the voluntary submission of the will to a personal cause of affliction or loss; it is a high word, generally looking up to God as the controller of human life. Resignation is thus generally a submission or meekness, giving up or resigning personal desires to the will of God.

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

  • n. a card game played by one person
  • n. good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence

Etymologies

Middle English pacience, from Old French pacience (modern: patience), from Latin patientia. Displaced native Middle English thuld, thuild ("patience") (from Old English þyld ("patience")), Middle English thole ("patience") (from Old Norse þol ("patience, endurance")), Middle English bilǣfing, bileaving ("patience, perseverance, remaining") (from Old English belǣfan ("to endure, survive")). (Wiktionary)

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  • This is definitely a quality I possess very little of!

    October 5, 2011

  • One of the two ships (the other was christened Deliverance) built from the timbers of the Sea Venture.

    March 21, 2008

  • He who was living is now dead
    We who were living are now dying
    With a little patience

    T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land".

    March 6, 2008

  • Not a virtue that I possess!

    February 24, 2007