from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Physical or moral strength to resist or withstand illness, fatigue, or hardship; endurance.
- n. A plural of stamen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The energy and strength for continuing to do something over a long period of time; power of sustained exertion, or resistance to hardship, illness etc.
- n. Plural form of stamen.
- n. The basic elements of a thing; rudimentary structures or qualities.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. See stamen.
- n.pl. The fixed, firm part of a body, which supports it or gives it strength and solidity.
- n.pl. Whatever constitutes the principal strength or support of anything; backbone; vigor.
- n.pl. The power of endurance; the ability to withstand fatigue, disease, deprivation, etc., and continue working.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Latin plural of stamen, sometimes used as a singular (see stamen, 3).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. enduring strength and energy
Latin stāmina, pl. of stāmen, thread, thread of life spun by the Fates; see stamen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin stāmina, plural of stāmen. (Wiktionary)