Definition of durable in US English:



  • 1Able to withstand wear, pressure, or damage; hard-wearing.

    ‘porcelain enamel is strong and durable’
    figurative ‘a durable peace can be achieved’
    • ‘The car is not made of stainless steel but instead it's made of some kind of durable alloy that can withstand bullets and rocket-propelled grenades.’
    • ‘The emphasis in children's wear is still firmly on fun, wearable and durable clothes - but they are trendy too.’
    • ‘While coatings are durable, they do wear and their reflectivity decreases with age.’
    • ‘They are simply not going to be able to maintain the durable equilibrium that market socialists want and believe possible.’
    • ‘But so far, at least, neither campaign has produced a durable peace.’
    • ‘Intensely beautiful, this is also a durable plant, even resisting the attention of grazing deer.’
    • ‘Polished plaster is hard-wearing and durable, needing only occasional dusting and an annual re-wax.’
    • ‘Any metal object requiring a strong, durable finish is a candidate for our electro static process.’
    • ‘The fabric is water-resistant and durable, capable of withstanding any elements you may encounter on your adventures.’
    • ‘This research will help breeders develop wheat with durable resistance to this disease.’
    • ‘The real issue is not what individuals choose to do, but the strong cultural pressures that have weakened the foundation for durable relationships.’
    • ‘Cloth bags are sturdier and more durable than either plastic bags or paper bags, and are also very environmentally friendly.’
    • ‘They must be durable enough to withstand extended use and exposure to a wide variety of fluids.’
    • ‘In connection to gloves, they are durable and the longer you wear them the more durable they get.’
    • ‘One is to replace worn out parts in your vehicle with tough and durable replacement auto parts.’
    • ‘One of the advantages of using furniture made of walnut wood from Kashmir was that it is hardwearing and durable.’
    • ‘The rubber used is durable and strong so as it will not tear, expand or warp out of shape.’
    • ‘After many modifications, the end result is an extremely tough, durable and sturdy blade that retains a keen edge over many years.’
    • ‘He also wears durable yet comfortable black nylon pants and thick sneakers.’
    • ‘Colonial hinged shutters are durable enough to withstand hurricane wind forces.’
    long-lasting, hard-wearing, heavy-duty, tough, resistant, strong, sturdy, stout, sound, substantial, imperishable, indestructible, made to last, well made, strongly made
    lasting, long-lasting, long-lived, long-term, enduring, persisting, persistent, abiding, continuing
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    1. 1.1informal (of a person) having endurance.
      ‘the durable Smith lasted the full eight rounds’
      • ‘He was an extremely durable player during most of his career, but his body has undergone a lot of wear and tear and may be starting to break down.’
      • ‘He had played in all 44 games of his college career until the injury, showing he's extremely durable.’
      • ‘Evidence suggests that he is less durable than his colleagues.’
      • ‘But he's durable enough to play every down, and his speed makes him a threat every time he touches the ball.’
      • ‘He has to prove he's durable enough to last a whole season.’
      • ‘He's durable, having started every game on the right side for the Bears each of the last eight years, but may be slowing down a bit.’
      • ‘He's durable and powerful, and won't have problems behind San Diego's big guns.’
      • ‘A fierce hitter who is tough against the ran, he has proved wrong the skeptics who doubted he was durable enough to be a longtime starter.’
      • ‘He's not durable and may need a softer practice schedule and a specialist's role to remain healthy for a full season.’
      • ‘On the plus side, he plays hard and is durable; he is strong defensively and displays leadership.’
      • ‘He's durable - something the team has been missing at quarterback.’
      • ‘A sore left shoulder slowed him before the break, but he's incredibly durable and it shouldn't hinder him in the second half.’
      • ‘He battled nagging injuries in 2002 and needs to show he's durable.’
      • ‘Before last season, he had been one of the most durable players in the game, as well as one of the best fastball hitters.’
      • ‘He's not a breakaway threat, but he's durable, dependable and capable of controlling the dock.’
      • ‘The 12-year veteran is durable, tough and still has the strongest arm in the league.’
      • ‘He is also extremely strong, tough, durable - and more mobile than people realize.’
      • ‘The Jazz has the oldest starting lineup in the NBA, but the advanced age doesn't mean the players are not durable.’
      • ‘He was extremely durable and has not committed an error.’
      • ‘I'm a durable guy and I've got up of the floor a bunch of times.’


  • short for durable goods
    • ‘The entire social system, based on kinship and alliances, is shown crumbling away as, in each generation, wealth-bearing brides make off with what they can salvage in money and durables.’
    • ‘He pointed to a reduced spend on household durables of 0.5 per cent last year as proof that ‘the supposed pent-up demand predicted when guidelines were introduced does not exist and this must be taken into account in the review underway’.’
    • ‘However, in the early stages of his theory development, he had accepted the use of current replacement costs for inventories and index prices for some durables, due to his recognition of the unavailability of market selling prices.’
    • ‘According to Table 5, the elasticities of inventory to sales are 0.947 and 1.041 for durables and non-durables respectively.’
    • ‘Anyhow, the lags stem from things like product-replacement cycles for durables, and the time taken from planning a project to the time of its implementation.’
    • ‘All that has to be done is to breakdown the tables on ownership of consumer and producer durables by wealth level and one has controlled for the under-representation.’
    • ‘Sales and inventories are reported monthly and include total sales of durables and retail sales.’
    • ‘The durables worked for a day before they malfunctioned.’
    • ‘The durables could then be reused by other adventurers.’
    • ‘Stiff competition in various categories of durables and among firms which make items of daily consumption, means that no great price hikes are anticipated.’
    • ‘Anything ranges from household consumables, durables, beverages, building materials and car parts, all of which have to be bought and transported from the neighbouring countries.’
    • ‘Normally, demand for durables tumbles just before a downturn, as it did in the late 1970s and late 1980s when people started to defer large purchases.’
    • ‘The 1990s also saw expansion of other major markets for small motors, with computers and office equipment leading the way, followed by appliances, other durables, and heating and cooling applications.’
    • ‘Subtracting durables from the index reveals that high-frequency inflation - that is, prices for goods and services that are bought more frequently - is around 3% and has been edging higher recently.’
    • ‘Consumers spent an additional £140m in July 2006 compared with July 2005, it says, with total spending on durables in the month £3.6 billion.’
    • ‘He estimates that the total retail spending on non-durables and durables will grow by approximately 1.5 percentage points less in 2004 than it did in 2003.’
    • ‘Now, if you look at the different sectors that are hiring, it's construction, financial services, manufacturing durables, these are all the sectors that are popping up a little bit.’
    • ‘Russia still manufactures a large range of consumer products, including food, clothing, automobiles, and household durables.’
    • ‘The manufacturing growth has been jobless because it is based on capital-intensive investment to mostly produce durables such as cars, washing machines, and dishwashers.’
    • ‘As demand begins to exceed supply of waste collected through disposal systems, the price will rise, thereby making it worthwhile to provide incentives for the disposal of stored durables.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘steadfast’): via Old French from Latin durabilis, from durare ‘to last’ (see duration).