from The Century Dictionary.

  • Hard; rough.
  • To extend in time; last; continue; be or exist; endure.
  • To extend in space.
  • To abide; endure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To last; to continue; to endure.
  • adjective rare Hard; harsh; severe; rough; toilsome.

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  • verb archaic To last, continue, endure.


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From Middle English duren ("to last"), from Old French durer, from Latin durare


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  • "So long dured that battle that Bors rose up all anguishly and beheld Colgrevance, the good knight, fought with his brother for his quarrel; then was he full sorry and heavy, and thought if Colgrevance slay him that was his brother he should never have joy; and if his brother slew Colgrevance the shame should ever be mine."

    - Thomas Malory, 'The Holy Grail'.

    September 13, 2009