- the length of time something continues or exists (often used with the).
- continuance in time.
- (in the philosophy of Bergson) a temporal continuum, intuitively known, within which the élan vital operates.
Origin of duration
Related Words for durationcontinuation, span, period, extent, continuance, continuity, term, run, prolongation, stretch, endurance, spell, tide, time, persistence, perpetuation
Examples from the Web for duration
Contemporary Examples of duration
Every couple, regardless of racial makeup, will hear this question countless times through the duration of their relationship.The Ongoing Stigma of Interracial Dating
September 15, 2014
In Illinois, such intervention programs last a minimum of 26 weeks; other states require the duration to last at least a year.Was Firing Ray Rice The Right Move?
September 10, 2014
“Regularity is more important than duration so that it integrates into the mind and body,” says Cruikshank.Yoga Is Good for You. But Is It Medicine?
June 27, 2014
If duration of sleep is your problem, then a simple actigraph measure, like a smartphone sleep tracker, may work.How I Finally Got to the Bottom of My Insomnia
June 26, 2014
Women talk about everything when it comes to sex: size, position, duration.C’mon, Ladies, Masturbation Isn’t Just for Bad Girls
June 19, 2014
Historical Examples of duration
A difficulty arose respecting the duration of the armistice.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
A month will decide the one, perhaps: But what a duration of woe will the other be!Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
An interval of some duration elapsed, in which there was no bid for Mrs General.Little Dorrit
Cornelius joined in Sir Ulick's laugh, which shortened its duration.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
His reputation has soared in proportion to the duration of her absence.Who Was Who: 5000 B. C. to Date
- the length of time that something lasts or continues
Word Origin for duration
late 14c., from Old French duration, from Medieval Latin durationem (nominative duratio), noun of action from past participle stem of Latin durare "harden" (see endure). Old legalese phrase for the duration popularized 1916 in reference to British enlistments in World War I.