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.]
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.
Usage: 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.
n 1: good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence [syn: forbearance,
longanimity] [ant: impatience]
2: a card game played by one person [syn: solitaire]