durable[do̵or′ə bəl, dyo̵or′-]
- The definition of durable is someone or something that lasts for a long time, even with frequent use.
An example of durable is an old car that keeps on going.
Washers and dryers are examples of durable goods.
- lasting in spite of hard wear or frequent use
- continuing to exist; stable
- designating a power of attorney that remains in effect after the person who authorized it becomes incompetent
Origin of durableMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin durabilis ; from durare, to last, harden ; from Indo-European an unverified form duros, long ; from base an unverified form deu-, to move forward (from source tire): meaning influenced, influence in Classical Latin by durus, hard: see duress
- a. Capable of withstanding wear and tear or decay: a durable fabric.b. Made to withstand repeated use over a relatively long period, usually several years or more: durable goods such as washing machines and dryers.
- Able to perform or compete over a long period, as by avoiding or overcoming injuries: a durable fullback.
- Lasting; stable: a durable friendship.
Origin of durableMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin dūrābilis, from dūrāre, to last; see deu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
- du′ra·bil′i·ty, du′ra·ble·ness
(comparative more durable, superlative most durable)
- (economics) A durable good, one useful over more than one period, especially a year.
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dūrābilis (“lasting, permanent”), from dūrō (“harden, make hard”).