Stam"i*na, n. pl. 1. The fixed, firm part of a body, which supports it or gives it strength and solidity; as, the bones are the stamina of animal bodies; the ligneous parts of trees are the stamina which constitute their strength.
2. Whatever constitutes the principal strength or support of anything; backbone; vigor; as, the
stamina of a constitution or of life; the
stamina of a State.
He succeeded to great captains who had sapped the whole stamina and resistance of the contest.De Quincey.
3. Hence: The power of endurance; the ability to withstand fatigue, disease, deprivation, etc., and continue working.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
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