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Definition of "durable" []

  • Capable of withstanding wear and tear or decay: a durable fabric. (adjective)
  • Able to perform or compete over a long period, as by avoiding or overcoming injuries: a durable fullback. (adjective)
  • Lasting; stable: a durable friendship. (adjective)
  • Economics Not depleted or consumed by use: durable goods. (adjective)
  • 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. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "durable" in a sentence
  • "About 2.1 million manufacturing jobs have been lost since December 2007; the majority of this decline has occurred in durable goods manufacturing (-1.6 million)."
  • "Exactly which government job was responsible for the increase in durable goods production and service sector jobs?"
  • "We need to see if the pitchers under the Texas system remain durable and how many more innings they pitch over an extended time."