from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Continuing or remaining for a long time; enduring.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Continuance; endurance.
  • noun A strong and durable woolen or worsted fabric: also called everlasting, and formerly durance.
  • Continuing in time; durable; of long continuance; that may continue or endure: as, a lasting good or evil; a lasting color.
  • Synonyms Lasting. Durable, Permanent, Stable, enduring, abiding, undecaying. perpetual, unendiug. Lasting means resisting the effects of time or other influences tending to produce decay; continuing for a long time, or as long as the nature of the object admits. It is the proper word for abstract things: as, a lasting impression; sudden reformations are seldom lasting. Durable is preferable for tangible objects, and means capable of resisting wear and tear: as, durable material. Permanent, remaining to the end, abiding for ever, applies equally to physical and abstract objects: as, a permanent dye; a permanent situation; the grave is a permanent resting-place. Permanent and stable imply less of resistance than the others. Stable means permanent in its place, lasting upon its foundations, able to stand indefinitely: as, a stable form of government; a stable character.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Existing or continuing a long while; enduring
  • noun Continuance; endurance.
  • noun A species of very durable woolen stuff, used for women's shoes; everlasting.
  • noun The act or process of shaping on a last.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Persisting for an extended period of time.
  • verb Present participle of last.

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

  • adjective existing for a long time
  • adjective lasting a long time without change
  • adjective continuing or enduring without marked change in status or condition or place
  • adjective retained; not shed


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