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 (ĕn-do͝or′əns, -dyo͝or′-)
1. The act, quality, or power of withstanding hardship or stress: A marathon tests a runner's endurance.
2. The state or fact of persevering: Through hard work and endurance, we will complete this project.
3. Continuing existence; duration.
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1. the capacity, state, or an instance of enduring
2. something endured; a hardship, strain, or privation
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(ɛnˈdʊər əns, -ˈdyʊər-)

1. the fact or power of bearing pain, hardship, or adversity.
2. the ability to continue or last; stamina.
3. lasting quality; duration.
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The time an aircraft can continue flying, or a ground vehicle or ship can continue operating, under specified conditions, e.g., without refueling. See also endurance distance.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.




bite the bullet To suffer pain without expressing fear; to grit one’s teeth and do what has to be done. This phrase derives from the supposed practice of giving a wounded soldier a bullet to bite on to channel his reaction to intense pain. This practice preceded the first use of anesthesia (in the U.S.) in 1844. By 1891, the phrase was used figuratively.

Bite on the bullet, old man, and don’t let them think you’re afraid. (Rudyard Kipling, The Light that Failed, 1891)

It is analogous to other phrases describing rituals such as take a deep breath and grit your teeth, which refer to preparing one-self or pulling one-self together in order to experience or do something unpleasant.

roll with the punches To endure with equanimity, not to be thrown by the blows of fate; to be resilient, bending slightly under pressure then bouncing back; to have the balanced perspective that comes of experiencing hardship. This common metaphor obviously owes its origin to pugilism.

stand the gaff To endure punishment, criticism, or ridicule; to sustain one-self through a period of stress or hardship; to keep one’s chin up. In this expression, gaff may refer to the steel spurs worn by fighting cocks, or it may derive from a Scottish term for noisy and abusive language.

Neil has got to stand the gaff for what he’s done. (W. M. Raine, B. O’Connor, 1910)

take it on the chin To face adversity courageously; to withstand punishment, to persevere against the odds; to bounce back from hardship with an undefeated attitude. This American slang expression originated in boxing.

I liked the Williams’ because of the way they took life on the chin. (D. Lytton, Goddam White Man, 1960)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.endurance - the power to withstand hardship or stressendurance - the power to withstand hardship or stress; "the marathon tests a runner's endurance"
strength - the property of being physically or mentally strong; "fatigue sapped his strength"
sufferance - patient endurance especially of pain or distress
stamina, staying power, toughness - enduring strength and energy
long-sufferance, long-suffering - patient endurance of pain or unhappiness
tolerance - the power or capacity of an organism to tolerate unfavorable environmental conditions
2.endurance - a state of survivingendurance - a state of surviving; remaining alive
aliveness, animation, living, life - the condition of living or the state of being alive; "while there's life there's hope"; "life depends on many chemical and physical processes"
subsistence - a means of surviving; "farming is a hard means of subsistence"
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1. The quality or power of withstanding hardship or stress:
2. Uninterrupted existence or succession:
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ending, òol, òrek


A. Nresistencia f
to come to the end of one's enduranceno poder más, llegar a sus límites
past or beyond enduranceinaguantable, insoportable
to be tried beyond enduranceser puesto a prueba
it tested his powers of endurancepuso a prueba su resistencia
B. CPD endurance race Ncarrera f de resistencia
endurance test Nprueba f de resistencia
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(= stamina) → endurance f
(= patience) → patience f
modif (SPORT) [sport, race] → d'endurance; [record] → d'endurance; [athlete] → d'endurance; [training] → d'enduranceendurance test népreuve f d'endurance
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nDurchhaltevermögen nt; to have great powers of endurancegroßes Durchhaltevermögen haben; what a feat of endurancewelche Ausdauer!; he was tried beyond enduranceer wurde über die Maßen gereizt; his suffering was beyond endurancesein Leiden war unerträglich


endurance race
n (Sport) Rennen, bei dem es vor allem auf die Ausdauer ankommt
endurance test
nBelastungsprobe f; (fig)Durchhaltetest m
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[ɪnˈdjʊərns] nresistenza
to come to the end of one's endurance → arrivare al limite della propria sopportazione
past or beyond endurance → al di là di ogni sopportazione
tried beyond endurance → messo/a a dura prova
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(inˈdjuə) verb
1. to bear patiently; to tolerate. She endures her troubles bravely; I can endure her rudeness no longer.
2. to remain firm; to last. You must endure to the end; The memory of her great acting has endured.
enˈdurable adjective
(negative unendurable) able to be borne or tolerated. This pain is scarcely endurable.
enˈdurance noun
the power or ability to bear or to last. He has amazing (power of) endurance; Her rudeness is beyond endurance; (also adjective) endurance tests.
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n. resistencia; tolerancia;
beyond ___más allá de lo que puede soportarse, intolerable.
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References in classic literature ?
There was a sort of patient, humorous endurance in his expression which indicated that he would go to the stake if need be, but would keep on looking pleasant until he really had to begin squirming.
"You underrate their powers of endurance," the official replied.
For several miles Worson went on very well, at an easy gait, without apparent fatigue, for he had really great powers of endurance and was not sufficiently intoxicated to enfeeble them.
And even after fatigue came, his heritage of endurance braced him to endless endeavour and enabled him to drive his complaining body onward.
The getting of your anchor was a noisy operation on board a merchant ship of yesterday - an inspiring, joyous noise, as if, with the emblem of hope, the ship's company expected to drag up out of the depths, each man all his personal hopes into the reach of a securing hand - the hope of home, the hope of rest, of liberty, of dissipation, of hard pleasure, following the hard endurance of many days between sky and water.
The mute endurance in her face additionally exasperated Grace Roseberry.
In point of endurance it was acknowledged that he could kill the hardiest of them.
He had a tall, rather ungainly figure, somewhat stooped, yet suggestive of great strength and endurance; a clean-shaven face deeply lined and bronzed; a thick mane of iron-gray hair falling quite to his shoulders, and a pair of remarkably blue, deep-set eyes, which sometimes twinkled and sometimes dreamed, and sometimes looked out seaward with a wistful quest in them, as of one seeking something precious and lost.
There have been occasions in my later life (I suppose as in most lives) when I have felt for a time as if a thick curtain had fallen on all its interest and romance, to shut me out from anything save dull endurance any more.
So she lived in solitude all the daytime, and at night she would have been frightened, had she not been so brave; but every day the crow came and thanked her for her endurance, and assured her that his sufferings were far less than they had been.
But his brilliantly white, strong teeth which showed in two unbroken semicircles when he laughed- as he often did- were all sound and good, there was not a gray hair in his beard or on his head, and his whole body gave an impression of suppleness and especially of firmness and endurance.
Such endurance is to be expected in savages and prize-fighters, for they are born and educated to it; but to find it in such perfection in these gently bred and kindly natured young fellows is matter for surprise.