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Meaning of patience by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English pacience, from Old French pacience ( modern: patience ), from Latin patientia. Displaced native Middle English thuld, thuild ( “patience” ) ( from Old English þyld ( “patience” ) ), Middle English thole ( “patience” ) ( from Old Norse þol ( “patience, endurance” ) ), Middle English bilǣfing, bileaving ( “patience, perseverance, remaining” ) ( from Old English belǣfan ( “to endure, survive” ) ) .


    patience ( uncountable )

    1. The quality of being patient .
    2. ( UK ) solitaire ( card game ) .

    External links

    • patience in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • patience in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of patience by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a card game played by one person

    2. good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence

    Definition of patience by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Monk n. [AS. munuc, munec, munc, L. monachus, Gr. , fr. μόνος alone. Cf. Monachism.]
      1. A man who retires from the ordinary temporal concerns of the world, and devotes himself to religion; one of a religious community of men inhabiting a monastery, and bound by vows to a life of chastity, obedience, and poverty. “A monk out of his cloister.” Chaucer.

      Monks in some respects agree with regulars, as in the substantial vows of religion; but in other respects monks and regulars differ; for that regulars, vows excepted, are not tied up to so strict a rule of life as monks are. Ayliffe.

      2. ( Print. ) A blotch or spot of ink on a printed page, caused by the ink not being properly distributed. It is distinguished from a friar, or white spot caused by a deficiency of ink.

      3. A piece of tinder made of agaric, used in firing the powder hose or train of a mine.

      4. ( Zool. ) A South American monkey ( Pithecia monachus ); also applied to other species, as Cebus xanthocephalus. The European bullfinch.

      Monk bat ( Zool. ), a South American and West Indian bat ( Molossus nasutus ); -- so called because the males live in communities by themselves. -- Monk bird( Zool. ), the friar bird. -- Monk seal ( Zool. ), a species of seal ( Monachus albiventer ) inhabiting the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, and the adjacent parts of the Atlantic. -- Monk's rhubarb ( Bot. ), a kind of dock; -- also called patience ( Rumex Patientia ).

    2. Patience ( pāshens ), n. [F. patience, fr. L. patientia. See Patient.]
      1. The state or quality of being patient; the power of suffering with fortitude; uncomplaining endurance of evils or wrongs, as toil, pain, poverty, insult, oppression, calamity, etc.

      Strengthened with all might, . . . unto all patience and long-suffering. Col. i. 11.

      I must have patience to endure the load. Shak.

      Who hath learned lowliness

      From his Lord's cradle, patience from his cross. Keble.

      2. The act or power of calmly or contentedly waiting for something due or hoped for; forbearance.

      Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Matt. xviii. 29.

      3. Constancy in labor or application; perseverance.

      He learned with patience, and with meekness taught. Harte.

      4. Sufferance; permission. [Obs.] Hooker.

      They stay upon your patience. Shak.

      5. ( Bot. ) A kind of dock ( Rumex Patientia ), less common in America than in Europe; monk's rhubarb.

      6. ( Card Playing ) Solitaire.

      Syn. -- Patience, Resignation. Patience implies the quietness or self-possession of one's own spirit under sufferings, provocations, etc.; resignation implies submission to the will of another. The Stoic may have patience; the Christian should have both patience and resignation.