(?), 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]
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Of how short durance was this new-made state!
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2. Imprisonment; restraint of the person; custody by a jailer; duress. Shak. "Durance vile." Burns.
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In durance, exile, Bedlam or the mint.
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3. (a) A stout cloth stuff, formerly made in imitation of buff leather and used for garments; a sort of tammy or everlasting.
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Where didst thou buy this buff? let me not live but I will give thee a good suit of durance.
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(b) In modern manufacture, a worsted of one color used for window blinds and similar purposes.
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