Definition of duration in English:



  • The time during which something continues:

    ‘bicycle hire for the duration of your holiday’
    ‘a flight of over eight hours' duration’
    • ‘The intervals and durations of rhythm communicate timing, he adds, which influences firing patterns in the brain.’
    • ‘The signals will automatically respond to the jams and allocate the required time durations for clearing such traffic jams.’
    • ‘And several states that impose term limits allow much longer durations.’
    • ‘The duration of incubation depended on the tissues under study and the stage of plant development.’
    • ‘A club is for life, not just for a season, nor a spell of success, nor the duration of a new fashionable strip.’
    • ‘The decision to decrease the duration of water supply by two hours in a day is a double whammy.’
    • ‘There were no significant differences in ages and durations among groups.’
    • ‘But there are countless solar systems, each has its own day with different durations between planets and solar systems.’
    • ‘The time frame for our study was 4.7 years, the mean duration of patient follow up.’
    • ‘The session may be defined in a number of ways, possibly in terms of a time duration or a number of uses.’
    • ‘Call-centre workers often have strict targets on call durations, number of calls answered, etc.’
    • ‘Treatment durations and number of replications were the same as in the leaf shading experiment.’
    • ‘Therefore, remaining interactions would be expected to be normal in terms of magnitudes and durations.’
    • ‘To obtain the total of the eight reign durations, the scribe would have used the tallying method.’
    • ‘Training programmes would be of different durations and selection would depend on the current skill level of the student.’
    • ‘Everyday, they are bothered about six times for durations of 30 to 45 minutes.’
    • ‘While lengths and durations change, there is a particular mathematical combination of them that does not.’
    • ‘The duration of the growth response was evaluated on elongation rate graphs.’
    • ‘The only time in the duration of the interview when she stopped smiling was when she almost burst into tears.’
    • ‘Flight durations were within minutes of each other, by the way, and the food is probably equally bad on all the flights.’
    full length, length of time, time, time span, time scale, period, term, span, spell, stretch, fullness, length, extent, continuation, continuance, perpetuation, prolongation
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  • for the duration

    • 1Until the end of something, especially a war.

      • ‘He trained for and entered the Royal Navy for the duration of the First World War.’
      • ‘Wherever the sensation has struck, it has remained for the duration of my stay, and returned on repeat visits.’
      • ‘Neither side could find a way through for the duration of the game in front of 63,000 spectators.’
      • ‘They receive only travelling expenses plus board and lodging for the duration of the session.’
      • ‘However, the footpath through Scotchell would be closed for the duration of the work.’
      • ‘This process was repeated for the remaining data until a value of zero remained for the duration of the experimental period.’
      • ‘The 10 trains an hour scheduled to pass through Swindon had to be re-routed for the duration of the alert.’
      • ‘As part of this tribute the committee are looking for memorabilia which can be put on show for the duration of the exhibition.’
      • ‘Many students find themselves sleeping on old camp bed-style mattress for the duration of their stay.’
      • ‘Highways chiefs expect to keep both lanes open for the duration of the project which is scheduled to last until December this year.’
      1. 1.1informal For a very long time:
        ‘once she sits down on that settee, she'll be there for the duration’
        • ‘Having been one of the last in I managed to be one of the first out, but as I looked behind me it appeared as if many of the mobsters were there for the duration.’
        • ‘The Marquess of Queensbury rules are put on hold for the duration.’
        • ‘There are many of us in total and we are here for the duration.’
        • ‘One of the aforementioned New York Friends offered to put me up in his new house for the duration.’
        • ‘Then she's held down protectively by her friend for the duration.’
        • ‘The best thing about spending the next few weeks behind bars is that if you're banged up you actually lose the right to vote for the duration.’
        all through, through, for the whole of, the whole time, all the time
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Late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin duratio(n-), from durare to last, from durus hard.