Meaning of duration


Duration is how long something lasts, from beginning to end. A duration might be long, such as the duration of a lecture series, or short, as the duration of a party.

The noun duration has come to mean the length of time one thing takes to be completed. The duration of something might be known or not — in past times, the unknown length of time the current war would last was called “the duration. “Musical notes, such as whole notes, half notes, and quarter notes, have different set durations, or lengths of time for which they are held. These varying durations, when put together, create the rhythm of the music.

Definitions of duration
  1. noun

    the period of time during which something continues



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    the period from 1811-1820 when the Prince of Wales was regent during George III’s periods of insanity

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    the time taken to traverse a measured course

    a period of dullness or boredom (especially in a work of literature or performing art)
    residence time

    the period of time spent in a particular place

    the complete duration of something
    stint, stretch

    an unbroken period of time during which you do something
    time scale

    an arrangement of events used as a measure of duration
    note value, time value, value

    (music) the relative duration of a musical note

    the duration of a monarch’s or government’s power
    attention span

    the length of time you can concentrate on some idea or activity
    extended time scale, slow time scale

    (simulation) the time scale used in data processing when the time-scale factor is greater than one
    fast time scale

    (simulation) the time scale used in data processing when the time-scale factor is less than one

    the period of time during which a regent governs
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    period, period of time, time period

    an amount of time

  2. noun

    the property of enduring or continuing in time



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    the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past

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    continuance in time

    “the ceremony was of short


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    duration as an extension
    continuation, lengthiness, prolongation, protraction

    the consequence of being lengthened in duration

    the property of being (or seeming to be) without end

    the property of being of short temporal extent
    brevity, briefness, transience

    the attribute of being brief or fleeting
    permanence, permanency

    the property of being able to exist for an indefinite duration
    impermanence, impermanency

    the property of not existing for indefinitely long durations
    length of service, longevity

    duration of service

    (music) a prolongation of unspecified length on a note or chord or rest
    ceaselessness, continuousness, incessancy, incessantness

    the quality of something that continues without end or interruption
    perpetuity, sempiternity

    the property of being perpetual (seemingly ceaseless)
    durability, enduringness, lastingness, strength

    permanence by virtue of the power to resist stress or force
    imperishability, imperishableness, imperishingness

    the property of being resistant to decay

    the property of being extremely durable

    the property of lasting only a short time
    transience, transiency, transitoriness

    an impermanence that suggests the inevitability of ending or dying

    the quality or state of being mortal

    the quality or state of being immortal

    the temporal property of being cut short

    the temporal property of being very short
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    temporal property

    a property relating to time

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