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  • 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] [1913 Webster] Of how short durance was this new made state! Dryden.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • durance — [door′əns, dyoor′əns] n. [ME duraunce < OFr < L durans, prp. of durare, to last: see DURABLE] Archaic imprisonment, esp. when long continued: mainly in durance vile …   English World dictionary

  • durance — /door euhns, dyoor /, n. 1. incarceration or imprisonment (often used in the phrase durance vile). 2. Archaic. endurance. [1400 50; late ME < MF. See DURE2, ANCE] * * * ▪ river, France Latin  Druentia,         principal river draining the French… …   Universalium

  • durance — dur•ance [[t]ˈdʊər əns, ˈdyʊər [/t]] n. incarceration or imprisonment (often used in the phrase durance vile) • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME duraunce duration < MF durance=dur(er) to last (< L; see endure) + ance ance …   From formal English to slang

  • durance — 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • durance — n. archaic imprisonment (in durance vile). Etymology: ME f. F f. durer last f. L durare: see DURABLE …   Useful english dictionary

  • John Brown (spy) — John Henry Owen Brown DCM was a Non Commissioned Officer in the Royal Artillery in the British Army, who served in France at the beginning of the Second World War. Prior to the war he was a member of the British Union of Fascists, another fact… …   Wikipedia

  • Restraint — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Restraint >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 restraint restraint Sgm: N 1 hindrance hindrance &c. 706 Sgm: N 1 coercion coercion &c.(compulsion) 744 Sgm: N 1 cohibition cohibition constraint repression …   English dictionary for students

  • du|rance — «DUR uhns, DYUR », noun. 1. forced confinement; imprisonment: »In durance vile here must I wake and weep (Robert Burns). 2. Archaic. endurance: »the durance of a granite ledge (Emerson). ╂[< Old French durance duration < Lat …   Useful english dictionary

  • detention — de·ten·tion n 1: the act or fact of detaining or holding back; esp: a holding in custody 2: the state of being detained; esp: a period of temporary custody prior to a trial or hearing see also preventive detention Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of… …   Law dictionary

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