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durab
Durability
Durable
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Durance River
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Durance definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

DURANCE, n. [L.]
1. Imprisonment; restraint of the person; custody of the jailer.
2. Continuance; duration. [See Endurance.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: imprisonment (especially for a long time)

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, duration, from Anglo-French, from durer to last from Latin durare Date: 15th century 1. archaic endurance 2. restraint by or as if by physical force usually used in the phrase durance vile

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. archaic imprisonment (in durance vile). Etymology: ME f. F f. durer last f. L durare: see DURABLE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Durance Dur"ance, n. [OF. durance duration, fr. L. durans, -antis, p. pr. durare to endure, last. See Dure, and cf. Durant.] 1. Continuance; duration. See Endurance. [Archaic] Of how short durance was this new-made state! --Dryden. 2. Imprisonment; restraint of the person; custody by a jailer; duress. Shak. ``Durance vile.'' --Burns. In durance, exile, Bedlam or the mint. --Pope. 3. (a) A stout cloth stuff, formerly made in imitation of buff leather and used for garments; a sort of tammy or everlasting. Where didst thou buy this buff? let me not live but I will give thee a good suit of durance. --J. Webster. (b) In modern manufacture, a worsted of one color used for window blinds and similar purposes.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. See duress.




 


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