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noun, plural sta·mens, stam·i·na [stam-uh-nuh] /ˈstæm ə nə/. Botany.
Origin of stamen
OTHER WORDS FROM stamensta·mened, adjective
What does stamina mean?
Stamina is endurance—the strength or energy to keep going, even when tired or facing other unfavorable conditions.
The word is most commonly used in the context of sports to refer to the ability to continue performing despite fatigue. Athletes train to improve their stamina.
Example: A lot of players are fast and strong, but it’s the ones who have worked to increase their stamina who are most effective at the end of a long game.
Where does stamina come from?
The first records of the word stamina in English come from the 1500s. It comes from the plural of the Latin word stāmen, meaning “thread” or “filament,” which is where we get the name of the flower part. But the plural had a figurative meaning—it referred to the “life threads” spun by the Fates—the three goddesses of destiny in Greek and Roman mythology. When destiny is depicted as a fabric made up of everyone’s lives woven together, the length of each thread can be thought of as representing the length of one’s life. So, someone with a long thread must have the ability to endure. The word stamina came to be associated with this endurance.
Someone with a lot of stamina has the strength and energy to endure things that are physically or emotionally taxing. The word is sometimes used in the phrases physical stamina and mental stamina. It is often associated with professional athletes, who try to increase their stamina to be more competitive. It’s especially associated with athletes whose sport requires them to keep going for long periods without resting, such as long distance runners, cyclists, and soccer (football) players.
Other professions require stamina, too. Doctors and nurses who work long shifts doing work that is physically, mentally, and emotionally draining require stamina on all of those levels. Some of their patients need the same kind of stamina to endure an illness that may last months or even years.
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How is stamina used in real life?
Stamina is perhaps most often used to refer to physical endurance, but it can also refer to mental and emotional stamina—or even a combination of all three.
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Is anyone else struggling with parenting their kids and writing their book? I don't seem to have enough mental stamina for both. 🤯 #WritingCommunity
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People seriously don't understand the stamina it takes to be a performer
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Which of the following words is LEAST likely to be used in relation to stamina?
Example sentences from the Web for stamina
War,” wrote Clausewitz, “is an extreme trial of strength and stamina.
Even as we cheer for her stamina, we shrink from her rapacity.
He weighed only 185 pounds, but he had killer instincts and rabbit quickness and the stamina of a mule.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life|Paul Hemphill|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The amount of strength, flexibility, stamina, everything it takes to be a gymnast is insane.'American Ninja Warrior' May Crown Its First Female Winner Kacy Catanzaro|Rich Goldstein|September 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was smart and tough in the way of the hard worker, the long-distance runner, the gambler who wins on stamina.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters|Alex Belth|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For the first time, my stamina seemed inclined to succumb before it.Rattlin the Reefer|Edward Howard
He became proud of his firmness, forgetting that there had been nothing to test the stamina of his resolution.Frank Oldfield|T.P. Wilson
Cut two strips of stamina in lemon wax, tip them with my orange powder.
What kind of environment, what land of stamina can they give their children?Not Guilty|Robert Blatchford
The foundation is made similar to the damask rose, and the stamina show from the front of the flower.