n. The ability of a material to resist wear and degradation over time while maintaining its original properties.


For paper, film, and other media with a flexible base, durability may be measured in terms of strength and pliability.


O’Toole 1998, p. 272 Here were the oral and literate side by side, but writing has some advantages. In written form, information achieved a stability and durability it would not have so long as it remained only in the mind or in spoken words. What is more, writing was in itself coming to be recognized as an effective way for gathering and sharing information: some people would now learn things only from books, Bede realized.