from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Capable of withstanding wear and tear or decay: a durable fabric.
- adj. Able to perform or compete over a long period, as by avoiding or overcoming injuries: a durable fullback.
- adj. Lasting; stable: a durable friendship.
- adj. Economics Not depleted or consumed by use: durable goods.
- n. Economics A manufactured product, such as an automobile or a household appliance, that can be used over a relatively long period without being depleted or consumed. Often used in the plural.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Able to resist wear, decay; lasting; enduring.
- n. A durable good, one useful over more than one period, especially a year.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Able to endure or continue in a particular condition; lasting; not perishable or changeable; not wearing out or decaying soon; enduring
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the quality of lasting, or continuing long in being; not perishable or changeable; lasting; enduring: as, durable timber; durable cloth; durable happiness.
- Synonyms Permanent, Stable, etc. (see lasting), abiding, continuing, firm, strong, tough.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. capable of withstanding wear and tear and decay
- adj. very long lasting
- adj. existing for a long time
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dūrābilis, from dūrāre, to last; see deuə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dūrābilis ("lasting, permanent"), from dūrō ("harden, make hard"). (Wiktionary)