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  • (obsolete) imprisonment
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

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]

Of how short durance was this new-made state!

2. Imprisonment; restraint of the person; custody by a jailer; duress. Shak. "Durance vile." Burns.

In durance, exile, Bedlam or the mint.

3. (a) A stout cloth stuff, formerly made in imitation of buff leather and used for garments; a sort of tammy or everlasting.

Where didst thou buy this buff? let me not live but I will give thee a good suit of durance.
J. Webster.

(b) In modern manufacture, a worsted of one color used for window blinds and similar purposes.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Durance, a tributary of the Rhône, which, after a rapid course of 180 m., falls into that river by its left bank 3 m. below Avignon.
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