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 (do͝or′əns, dyo͝or′-)
Confinement or restraint by force; imprisonment.

[Middle English duraunce, duration, from Old French durance, from durer, to last, from Latin dūrāre; see deuə- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. imprisonment
2. duration
[C15: from Old French, from durer to last, from Latin dūrāre]


(French dyrɑ̃s)
(Placename) a river in S France, rising in the Alps and flowing generally southwest into the Rhône. Length: 304 km (189 miles)
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(ˈdʊər əns, ˈdyʊər-)

incarceration or imprisonment (often used in the phrase durance vile).
[1400–50; late Middle English duraunce duration < Middle French durance=dur(er) to last (< Latin; see endure) + -ance -ance]
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Noun1.durance - imprisonment (especially for a long time)
captivity, immurement, incarceration, imprisonment - the state of being imprisoned; "he was held in captivity until he died"; "the imprisonment of captured soldiers"; "his ignominious incarceration in the local jail"; "he practiced the immurement of his enemies in the castle dungeon"
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References in classic literature ?
there stands the castle or fortress, where there is, no doubt, some knight in durance, or ill-used queen, or infanta, or princess, in whose aid I am brought hither."
You shall soon see, scoundrels!" And then standing up in the boat he began in a loud voice to hurl threats at the millers, exclaiming, "Ill-conditioned and worse-counselled rabble, restore to liberty and freedom the person ye hold in durance in this your fortress or prison, high or low or of whatever rank or quality he be, for I am Don Quixote of La Mancha, otherwise called the Knight of the Lions, for whom, by the disposition of heaven above, it is reserved to give a happy issue to this adventure;" and so saying he drew his sword and began making passes in the air at the millers, who, hearing but not understanding all this nonsense, strove to stop the boat, which was now getting into the rushing channel of the wheels.
Whether a natural love of justice, or the extraordinary comeliness of Jones, had wrought on Susan to make the discovery, I will not determine; but such were the effects of her evidence, that the magistrate, throwing himself back in his chair, declared that the matter was now altogether as clear on the side of the prisoner as it had before been against him: with which the parson concurred, saying, the Lord forbid he should be instrumental in committing an innocent person to durance. The justice then arose, acquitted the prisoner, and broke up the court.
Will followed her at a little distance, and leaned against the tall back of a leather chair, on which he ventured now to lay his hat and gloves, and free himself from the intolerable durance of formality to which he had been for the first time condemned in Dorothea's presence.
But they had no means of ascertaining the truth: for any question or entreaty on their parts only provoked a storm of execrations, or something worse; and they were too happy to be left alone, unassailed by threats or admiration, to risk even that comfort, by any voluntary communication with those who held them in durance.
On his right was Cora in a durance similar to his own, pale and agitated, but with an eye whose steady look still read the proceedings of their enemies.
Are they not exactly like a bald little tinker who has just got out of durance and come into a fortune; he takes a bath and puts on a new coat, and is decked out as a bridegroom going to marry his master's daughter, who is left poor and desolate?
let him surer barr His Iron Gates, if he intends our stay In that dark durance: thus much what was askt.
Old Nandy had been several times to the Marshalsea College, communicating with his son-in-law during his short durance there; and had happily acquired to himself, and had by degrees and in course of time much improved, the patronage of the Father of that national institution.
refreshingly exciting - for once without a risk of durance if we came to grief!
You have seven days with an expert guide, who takes you to sites such as Etang de Vaccares, Marais du Vigueirat, Parc Ornithologique and brackish lagoons and the ancient delta of the River Durance.
While the logline for the hour doesn't specify what that decision is, the (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eidC5vdZsY4) trailer for the installment reveals that the Girl of Steel decides to go back to Argo City to be with her mom, Alura (Erica Durance).