Durbar to Duumvir
(Dur"bar) n. [Hind. darbar, fr. Per darar house, court, hall of audience; dar door, gate + bar
court, assembly.] An audience hall; the court of a native prince; a state levee; a formal reception of native
princes, given by the governor general of India. [India] [Written also darbar.]
(Dure) a. [L. durus; akin to Ir. & Gael. dur , stubborn, W. dir certain, sure, cf. Gr. force.] Hard; harsh; severe; rough; toilsome.
The winter is severe, and life is dure and rude.W. H. Russell.
(Dure), v. i. [F. durer, L. durare to harden, be hardened, to endure, last, fr. durus hard. See
Dure, a.] To last; to continue; to endure. [Obs.] Sir W. Raleigh.
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while.Matt. xiii. 21.
(Dure"ful) a. Lasting. [Obs.] Spenser.
(Dure"less), a. Not lasting. [Obs.] Sir W. Raleigh.
(Du"rene) n. [L. durus hard; so called because solid at ordinary temperatures.] (Chem.)
A colorless, crystalline, aromatic hydrocarbon, C6H2(CH3)4, off artificial production, with an odor like
(Du"ress) n. [OF. duresse, du, hardship, severity, L. duritia, durities, fr. durus hard. See
1. Hardship; constraint; pressure; imprisonment; restraint of liberty.
The agreements . . . made with the landlords during the time of slavery, are only the effect of duress
2. (Law) The state of compulsion or necessity in which a person is influenced, whether by the unlawful
restrain of his liberty or by actual or threatened physical violence, to incur a civil liability or to commit an
(Du*ress") v. t. To subject to duress. "The party duressed." Bacon.
(Du*ress"or) n. (Law) One who subjects another to duress Bacon.
(||Dur"ga) n. (Myth.) Same as Doorga.
(Dur"ham) n. One or a breed of short-horned cattle, originating in the county of Durham, England.
The Durham cattle are noted for their beef-producing quality.
(Du"ri*an or Du"ri*on) , n. (Bot.) The fruit of the durio. It is oval or globular, and eight or ten
inches long. It has a hard prickly rind, containing a soft, cream-colored pulp, of a most delicious flavor
and a very offensive odor. The seeds are roasted and eaten like chestnuts.
(Dur"ing) prep. [Orig., p. pr. of dure.] In the time of; as long as the action or existence of; as,
during life; during the space of a year.
(||Du"ri*o) n. [NL., fr. Malay dri thorn.] (Bot.) A fruit tree (D. zibethinus, the only species known)
of the Indian Archipelago. It bears the durian.
(Du"ri*ty) n. [L. duritas, fr. durus hard.] [Obs.]
1. Hardness; firmness. Sir T. Browne.