durance


noun

  1. incarceration or imprisonment (often used in the phrase durance vile).
  2. Archaic. endurance.

noun archaic, or literary

  1. imprisonment
  2. duration

noun

  1. a river in S France, rising in the Alps and flowing generally southwest into the Rhône. Length: 304 km (189 miles)
n.

late 15c., from Old French durance “duration,” from durer “to endure,” from Latin durare (see endure).

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