from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Confinement or restraint by force; imprisonment: "There should be a durance vile for justices who use an argument as weak as the one the majority used” ( George F. Will).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Duration.
- n. Endurance.
- n. Imprisonment; forced confinement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Continuance; duration. See endurance.
- n. Imprisonment; restraint of the person; custody by a jailer; duress. Shak.
- n. A stout cloth stuff, formerly made in imitation of buff leather and used for garments; a sort of tammy or everlasting.
- n. In modern manufacture, a worsted of one color used for window blinds and similar purposes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Duration; continuance; endurance.
- n. Imprisonment; restraint of the person; involuntary confinement of any kind.
- n. Any material supposed to be of remarkable durability, as buff-leather; especially, a strong cloth made to replace and partly to imitate buff-leather; a variety of tammy. Sometimes written durant, and also called ererlasting.
- n. A kind of apple.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. imprisonment (especially for a long time)
Middle English duraunce, duration, from Old French durance, from durer, to last, from Latin dūrāre; see deuə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French durance, from durer ("to last"). (Wiktionary)