Definition of Duration

1. Noun. The period of time during which something continues.

Exact synonyms: Continuance
Generic synonyms: Period, Period Of Time, Time Period
Specialized synonyms: Clocking, Longueur, Residence Time, Span, Stint, Stretch, Time Scale, Note Value, Time Value, Value, Rule
Derivative terms: Continue

2. Noun. The property of enduring or continuing in time.
Exact synonyms: Continuance
Generic synonyms: Time
Derivative terms: Continuant

3. Noun. Continuance in time. "He complained about the length of time required"

Definition of Duration

1. n. The state or quality of lasting; continuance in time; the portion of time during which anything exists.

Definition of Duration

1. Noun. An amount of time or a particular time interval ¹

2. Noun. (''in the singular, not followed by "of"'') The time taken for the current situation to end, especially the current war ¹

3. Noun. (finance) A measure of the sensitivity of the price of a financial asset to changes in interest rates, computed for a simple bond as a weighted average of the maturities of the interest and principal payments associated with it. ¹

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Definition of Duration

1. continuance in time [n -S]

Medical Definition of Duration

1. A continuous period of time. (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Duration

durance vile
duration (current term)
duration tetany
durational pattern
durational patterns
durative aspect

Literary usage of Duration

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"But if sleep commonly unites the distant parts of duration, it is because during that time we have no succession of ideas in our minds. ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"Case X. duration 1 year; first attack; at present has serous discharge which does ... duration 2 months; at present has occasional discharge in the morning; ..."

3. Psychological Review by American Psychological Association (1903)
"NOTES ON duration AS AN ATTRIBUTE OF SENSATIONS. The relation of any mental process to duration may be conceived in four different ways. ..."

4. The Journal of Biological Chemistry by American Society of Biological Chemists (1917)
"In order to find out the nature of the causes which determine the natural duration of life of metazoa a quantitative method is required, which permits us to ..."

5. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1901)
"V. On the Correlation between duration of Life and the Number of Offspring. ... It then becomes an important question to ascertain how far duration of life ..."

6. The Federalist: A Commentary on the Constitution of the United States : a by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, John Church Hamilton (1869)
"THE SAME VIEW CONTINUED, IN REGARD TO THE duration OP THE OFFICE. duration in office, has been mentioned as the second requisite to the energy of the ..."

7. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1916)
"are two main arguments against the attributive character of duration. ... Statements of duration, it is said, can only be relative. ..."

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