Dictionary: DU'PLI-CATE – DUSE

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DU'PLI-CATE, v.t. [L. duplico.]

To double; to fold.


Made double.


Making double; folding.


  1. The act of doubling; the multiplication of a number by 2.
  2. A folding; a doubling; also, a fold; as, the duplication of a membrane.


A doubling; a fold. In anatomy, the fold of a membrane or vessel. Encyc.

DU-PLIC'I-TY, n. [Fr. duplicité; Sp. duplicidad; It. duplicità; from L. duplex, double.]

  1. Doubleness; the number two. – Watts.
  2. Doubleness of heart or speech; the act or practice of exhibiting a different or contrary conduct, or uttering different or contrary sentiments, at different times, in relation to the same thing; or the act of dissembling one's real opinions for the purpose of concealing them and misleading persons in the conversation and intercourse of life; double-dealing; dissimulation; deceit.
  3. In law, duplicity is the pleading of two or more distinct matters or single pleas. – Blackstone.

DU-RA-BIL'I-TY, n. [See Durable.]

The power of lasting or continuing, in any given state, without perishing; as, the durability of cedar or oak timber; the durability of animal and vegetable life is very limited.

DU'RA-BLE, a. [L. durabilis, from duro, to last, durus, hard; W. dur, steel; duraw, to harden.]

Having the quality of lasting or continuing long in being, without perishing or wearing out; as, durable timber; durable cloth; durable happiness.


Power of lasting; durability; as, the durableness of honest fame.

DU'RA-BLY, adv.

In a lasting manner; with long continuance.


The outer membrane of the brain. – Coxe.

DU'RANCE, n. [from Fr. dur, durer, L. duro.]

  1. Imprisonment; restraint of the person; custody of the jailer. – Shak.
  2. Continuance; duration. [See Endurance.] – Dryden.

DU-RANT', n.

A glazed woolen stuff; called by some Everlasting.


  1. Continuance in time; length or extension of existence, indefinitely; as, the duration of life; the duration of a partnership; the duration of any given period of time; everlasting duration. This holding on or continuance of time is divided by us arbitrarily into certain portions as minutes, hours and days; or it is measured by a succession of events, as by the diurnal and annual revolutions of the earth, or any other succession; and the interval between two events is called a part of duration. This interval may be of any indefinite length, a minute or a century.
  2. Power of continuance. – Rogers.


An audience room in India.

DURE, v.i. [L. duro; Fr. durer; Sp. durar; It. durare. See Durable.]

To last; to hold on in time or being; to continue; to endure. [This word is obsolete; endure being substituted.]


Lasting. [Obs.] – Spenser.


Not lasting; fading. – Ralegh.

DU-RESS', n. [Norm. duresse, durette, from dur, hard, grievous; L. durities, durus. See Durable.]

  1. Literally, hardship; hence, constraint. Technically, duress, in law, is of two kinds; duress of imprisonment, which is imprisonment or restraint of personal liberty; and duress by menaces or threats [per minas], when a person is threatened with loss of life or limb. Fear of battery is no duress. Duress then is imprisonment or threats intended to compel a person to do a legal act, as to execute a deed; or to commit an offense; in which cases the act is voidable or excusable. – Blackstone.
  2. Imprisonment; restraint of liberty.

DUR'ING, v. [ppr. of Dure.]

Continuing; lasting; holding on; as, during life, that is, life continuing; during our earthly pilgrimage; during the space of a year; during this or that. These phrases are the case absolute, or independent clauses; durante vita, durante hoc.

DU'RI-TY, n. [Fr. dureté, from dur, L. durus, duro.]

  1. Hardness; firmness.
  2. Hardness of mind; harshness. [Little used.]


Hard. [Not used.] – Smith.

DUR'RA, n.

A kind of millet, cultivated in N. Africa.

DURST, v. [pret. of Dare; D. dorst.]

DUSE, n.

A demon or evil spirit. “Quosdam dæmones quos dusios Galli nuncupant.” August. De Civ. Dei, 15, 23. What the duse is the matter? The duse is in you. [Vulgar.]