• WordNet 3.6
    • n durance imprisonment (especially for a long time)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Durance A stout cloth stuff, formerly made in imitation of buff leather and used for garments; a sort of tammy or everlasting.
    • Durance Continuance; duration. See Endurance. "Of how short durance was this new-made state!"
    • Durance Imprisonment; restraint of the person; custody by a jailer; duress. Shak. "Durance vile.""In durance , exile, Bedlam or the mint."
    • Durance In modern manufacture, a worsted of one color used for window blinds and similar purposes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n durance Duration; continuance; endurance.
    • n durance Imprisonment; restraint of the person; involuntary confinement of any kind.
    • n durance 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 durance A kind of apple.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Durance continuance: imprisonment: duress
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. durance, duration, fr. L. durans, -antis, p. pr. durare, to endure, last. See Dure, and cf. Durant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. durabilisdurāre, to last.


In literature:

Sisteron is an old Roman city, most strongly and picturesquely built in a narrow defile of the Durance.
"Cathedrals and Cloisters of the South of France, Volume 1" by Elise Whitlock Rose
Drink deadened their restlessness, benumbed their energies, made them forget their dangers, sleep through their durance.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
So that the durance of the Deitie We must contract or strait his full Benignitie.
"Democritus Platonissans" by Henry More
If Jean Pere were prisoner here in durance vile, his rescue would be a harder matter than the capture of Moose or Rupert.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
At first, he determined instantly to return and relieve him from durance.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Volume 2" by Alexander Leighton
One word of this and I go to durance vile.
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux
And there crouched he, in the same posture of durance as before, except that now he had his legs well under him.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
At Newcastle he was, by mistake, arrested as a political prisoner and retained in durance as a Jacobite.
"Oliver Goldsmith" by E. S. Lang Buckland
Frances cast a glowing smile over her shoulder at him, as she lay back in the saddle and let Molly hold Old Baldface in durance.
"Frances of the Ranges" by Amy Bell Marlowe
It was impossible to keep Winifred always in durance, or to prevent her everlastingly from obtaining help.
"The Bartlett Mystery" by Louis Tracy
Then came three months more of durance, after which I came out what they deemed a good soldier.
"The Daltons, Volume II (of II) Or,Three Roads In Life" by Charles James Lever
But, for your son, they deem his durance here Breeds ill report.
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles Vol. 2" by William Lisle Bowles
Will he be disposed to strain his authority a little in order to put my daughter in durance?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 94, August, 1865" by Various
Clarice was still in durance, having entirely failed to pass her headache on to Lady Betty.
"Bye-Ways" by Robert Smythe Hichens
After this vile durance, we were told, their appetites can scarcely be appeased, nor their tempers curbed.
"My Trip Around the World" by Eleonora Hunt
Cavaillon lies at the southern base of Mont St Jacques on the right bank of the Durance above its confluence with the Coulon.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
It was a hard week for Roy, for there was always the hope that Fate would intervene and deliver him from his durance.
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
His own enemy had saved him from durance, and he could not, therefore, turn again upon his enemy.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
And she knew that he owed her more than this mere deliverance from bodily durance.
"L'Arrabiata and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
Then, too, there were visits to the jail where a kinsman lay in durance.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck

In poetry:

Yes, proud St. Claire! thy costly walls
Have witnessed oft the mourner's pain;
And hearts in joyless durance bound,
Which sighed for kindred hearts in vain.
"Julia, or the Convent of St. Claire" by Amelia Opie
Perchance a lady sweet, whose lord lay slain,
The robbers into gruesome durance drew.
Swift should her hero come, like lightning's blue!
She prayed for him, as crackling drought for rain.
"Forest History" by George Meredith
O lordly flow the Loire and Seine,
And loud the dark Durance:
But bonnier shine the braes of Tyne
Than a' the fields of France;
And the waves of Till that speak sae still
Gleam goodlier where they glance.
"A Jacobite's Exile" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

'Saving Hope's' Erica Durance Sounds Off on Show's Weak Debut, What's to Come (Q&A).
Smallville alum Erica Durance has been making the rounds on NBC's Saving Hope.