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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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People seriously don't understand the stamina it takes to be a performer
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How to use stamina in a sentence
It’s just a matter of losing timing, conditioning and stamina.A tennis player has turned his Australian Open quarantine into a party of one|Liz Clarke|January 21, 2021|Washington Post
“It’s all going to come down to the stamina to go through a training camp and then exhibition games,” Brooks said of Wall in a virtual news conference Tuesday.Russell Westbrook is a known quantity. The question is how he’ll fit with the Wizards.|Ava Wallace|December 3, 2020|Washington Post
People get fatigued, whereas a computer has endless stamina, whether it’s reviewing 100 or 1,000 articles.Solving content moderation requires humans, AI is not good enough|Taboola|October 26, 2020|Digiday
Get an early start, then test out your stamina and navigation skills on this eight-mile off-trail trek that takes most hikers six hours to complete.I Tried to Climb the Largest Sand Dune in North America|Emily Pennington|September 22, 2020|Outside Online
I think there was always a desire to play him wide or even at wingback due to his defensive solidity and stamina, but he seems to have adapted to playing upfront without any difficulty at all.What To Watch For On The English Premier League’s Final Match Day|Chadwick Matlin (firstname.lastname@example.org)|July 24, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
War,” wrote Clausewitz, “is an extreme trial of strength and stamina.
He says he believes it was good professional stamina that saved his life.A Torture Survivor on Ukraine's Tortured Ceasefire|Anna Nemtsova|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
Poor Mrs. Morton was a flimsy woman, without much stamina, mental or bodily.
Every man of them was marked for courage and stamina and wild daring.Riders of the Silences|John Frederick
Every one would become so corrupt and depraved sexually that the race would become weak and puny, with no moral stamina.A California Girl|Edward Eldridge
There are only two known species, and they vary in the number of their Stamina, and divisions of the Corolla.The Botanical Magazine, Vol. V|William Curtis
But if Emetic could not spread-eagle the field, she could set a pace that would try the stamina and lungs of Pegasus.Garrison's Finish|W. B. M. Ferguson