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du·ra·tion

 (do͝o-rā′shən, dyo͝o-)
n.
1. Continuance or persistence in time.
2. A period of existence or persistence: sat quietly through the duration of the speech.
3. The number of years required to receive the present value of future payments, both of interest and principle, of a bond, often used as an indicator of a bond's price volatility resulting from changes in interest rates.

[Middle English duracioun, from Old French duration, from Medieval Latin dūrātiō, dūrātiōn-, from Latin dūrātus, past participle of dūrāre, to last; see deuə- in Indo-European roots.]

duration

(djʊˈreɪʃən)
n
the length of time that something lasts or continues
[C14: from Medieval Latin dūrātiō, from Latin dūrāre to last]
duˈrational adj

du•ra•tion

(dʊˈreɪ ʃən, dyʊ-)

n.
1. the length of time something continues or exists.
2. continuance in time.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin dūrātiō; see durable, -tion]
du•ra`tion•al, adj.

Duration

 

(See also TIME.)

a coon’s age A long time; a blue moon; usually in the phrase in a coon’s age. This U.S. expression dates from 1843. Although its exact origin is not known, it may have derived from the raccoon’s habit of disappearing for long periods of sleep during the winter months when it would not be seen out for “ages.”

long haul An extended period of time; a great distance, especially one over which material is transported. This latter use probably gave rise to the former figurative one referring to time. In or over the long haul, both currently popular, suggest a broad, inclusive perspective, one that sees everything as part of an ongoing process.

a month of Sundays An unspecified but usually prolonged period of time; a seemingly endless interval of time. Sunday, the Christian Sabbath, was observed in the 19th century with the utmost dignity and decorum. All entertainment and frivolity were strictly taboo; thus the day seemed never ending. As used today this expression describes a period of time experienced as longer than it actually is because of tediousness or boredom.

I ain’t been out of this blessed hole … for a month of Sundays. (Rolf Bolderwood, Robbery Under Arms, 1888)

pissing-while A brief span of time; a few minutes. This obsolete expression, clearly derived from the short period of time required to urinate, appeared in Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona:

He had not been there a pissing-while, but all the chamber smelt him. (IV, iv)

till the cows come home For a long time, forever. This expression, dating from the 17th century, apparently first indicated shamefully late or early morning hours, as in this citation from Alexander Cooke’s Pope Joan (1610):

Drinking, eating, feasting, and revelling, till the cows come home, as the saying is.

A possible explanation as to the origin of the phrase is found in the English satirist Jonathan Swift’s literal use of it in Polite Conversation (1738), where it refers to a slugabed who did not get up until it was time for the cows to come home for the evening milking:

I warrant you lay abed till the cows come home.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.duration - the period of time during which something continues
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
clocking - the time taken to traverse a measured course; "it was a world record clocking"
longueur - a period of dullness or boredom (especially in a work of literature or performing art)
residence time - the period of time spent in a particular place
span - the complete duration of something; "the job was finished in the span of an hour"
stint, stretch - an unbroken period of time during which you do something; "there were stretches of boredom"; "he did a stretch in the federal penitentiary"
time scale - an arrangement of events used as a measure of duration; "on the geological time scale mankind has existed but for a brief moment"
note value, time value, value - (music) the relative duration of a musical note
rule - the duration of a monarch's or government's power; "during the rule of Elizabeth"
2.duration - the property of enduring or continuing in time
time - the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
3.duration - continuance in time; "the ceremony was of short duration"; "he complained about the length of time required"
temporal property - a property relating to time
longness - duration as an extension
protraction, lengthiness, prolongation, continuation - the consequence of being lengthened in duration
endlessness - the property of being (or seeming to be) without end
shortness - the property of being of short temporal extent; "the shortness of air travel time"
brevity, briefness, transience - the attribute of being brief or fleeting
permanence, permanency - the property of being able to exist for an indefinite duration
impermanence, impermanency - the property of not existing for indefinitely long durations

duration

noun length, time, period, term, stretch, extent, spell, span the duration of the trial

duration

noun
1. Uninterrupted existence or succession:
2. A limited or specific period of time during which something happens, lasts, or extends:
3. The period during which someone or something exists:
day (often used in plural), existence, life, lifetime, span, term.
Translations
مُدَّةمُدَّه، دَوام
trvání
varighed
kesto
trajanje
tímalengd; sá tími sem e-î stendur yfir
持続期間
기간
trukmė
ilgumstik ilgi, kamēruz laiku
varaktighet
ช่วงเวลา
khoảng thời gian

duration

[djʊəˈreɪʃən] Nduración f
courses are of two years' durationlos cursos tienen una duración de dos años
for the duration of the warmientras dure la guerra

duration

[djʊˈreɪʃən] ndurée f
for the duration of the holiday → pendant la durée des vacances, pour la durée des vacances
of 8 months' duration → d'une durée de 8 mois
for the duration (= for the whole time) → jusqu'à la fin

duration

n (of play, war etc)Länge f, → Dauer f; for the duration offür die Dauer (+gen), → während (+gen); of long/short durationvon langer/kurzer Dauer; after a struggle of six years’ durationnach sechsjährigem Kampf; he joined up for the durationer hat sich bis zum Ende verpflichtet; it looks as though we are here for the duration (inf)es sieht so aus, als ob wir bis zum Ende hier sind

duration

[djʊˈreɪʃn] ndurata
of 6 years' duration → della durata di 6 anni

duration

(djuˈreiʃən) noun
the length of time anything continues. We all had to stay indoors for the duration of the storm.

duration

مُدَّة trvání varighed Dauer διάρκεια duración kesto durée trajanje durata 持続期間 기간 duur varighet czas trwania duração длительность varaktighet ช่วงเวลา süre khoảng thời gian 持续

du·ra·tion

n. duración, continuación.

duration

n duración f
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Another pause therefore of many minutes' duration, succeeded this speech, and Lucy was still the first to end it.
The duration of each lesson was measured by the clock, which at last struck twelve.
I see a repose that neither earth nor hell can break, and I feel an assurance of the endless and shadowless hereafter - the Eternity they have entered - where life is boundless in its duration, and love in its sympathy, and joy in its fulness.
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Then there came one night which appeared of great duration, and which teemed with anxiety and horror; and when in the morning I tried to sit up in my bed and think of it, I found I could not do so.
So I hasten to add that the mood was one of brief duration, and that no cold-water arguments were able to quench the fire which those eyes had set aflame within me, no daylight philosophy had any power to dispel the dream of a face which was now my most precious possession, as I once more took up my stick and listlessly pursued my way to Yellowsands.