continuance

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From Middle English continuance, contynuaunce, from Old French continuance, from continuer.

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continuance (countable and uncountable, plural continuances)

  1. (uncountable) The action of continuing.
    • 1579, Immeritô [pseudonym; Edmund Spenser], The Shepheardes Calender: Conteyning Tvvelue Æglogues Proportionable to the Twelue Monethes. Entitled to the Noble and Vertuous Gentleman most Worthy of all Titles both of Learning and Cheualrie M. Philip Sidney, London: Printed by Hugh Singleton, dwelling in Creede Lane neere vnto Ludgate at the signe of the gylden Tunne, and are there to be solde, OCLC 606515406; republished in Francis J[ames] Child, editor, The Poetical Works of Edmund Spenser: The Text Carefully Revised, and Illustrated with Notes, Original and Selected by Francis J. Child: Five Volumes in Three, volume III, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company; The Riverside Press, Cambridge, published 1855, OCLC 793557671, page 406, lines 222–228:
      Now stands the Brere like a lord alone, / Puffed up with pryde and vaine pleasaunce. / But all this glee had no continuaunce: / For eftsones winter gan to approche; / The blustering Boreas did encroche, / And beate upon the solitarie Brere; / For nowe no succoure was seene him nere.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 16, [1]
      [] the interview's continuance already had attracted observation from some topmen aloft and other sailors in the waist or further forward.
    • 1961 September, “Background to the new winter timetables of the East Coast”, in Modern Railways, page 534:
      There is little to report of changes on the Great Eastern Line other than deceleration, doubtless explained by continuance of the electrification work.
  2. (countable, law, chiefly US) An order issued by a court granting a postponement of a legal proceeding for a set period.

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