(A*bid"ance) n. The state of abiding; abode; continuance; compliance
The Christians had no longer abidance in the holy hill of Palestine.
A judicious abidance by rules.
(A*bide") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Abode formerly Abid; p. pr. & vb. n. Abiding ] [AS. abidan; pref.
a- (cf. Goth. us-, G. er-, orig. meaning out) + bidan to bide. See Bide.]
1. To wait; to pause; to delay. [Obs.] Chaucer.
2. To stay; to continue in a place; to have one's abode; to dwell; to sojourn; with with before a person,
and commonly with at or in before a place.
Let the damsel abide with us a few days.
Gen. xxiv. 55.
3. To remain stable or fixed in some state or condition; to continue; to remain.
Let every man abide in the same calling.
1 Cor. vii. 20.
Followed by by: To abide by. (a) To stand to; to adhere; to maintain.
The poor fellow was obstinate enough to abide by what he said at first.
(b) To acquiesce; to conform to; as, to abide by a decision or an award.
(A*bide"), v. t.
1. To wait for; to be prepared for; to await; to watch for; as, I abide my time. "I will abide the coming of
my lord." Tennyson.
[[Obs.], with a personal object.
Bonds and afflictions abide me.
Acts xx. 23.
2. To endure; to sustain; to submit to.
[Thou] shalt abide her judgment on it.
3. To bear patiently; to tolerate; to put up with.
She could not abide Master Shallow.
4. [Confused with aby to pay for. See Aby.] To stand the consequences of; to answer for; to suffer for.
Dearly I abide that boast so vain.
1. One who abides, or continues. [Obs.] "Speedy goers and strong abiders." Sidney.
2. One who dwells; a resident. Speed.
(A*bid"ing), a. Continuing; lasting.
(A*bid"ing*ly), adv. Permanently. Carlyle.