What does the word durance mean?

Usage examples for durance

  1. You have been instrumental in sending a good many men into durance vile; you can tell me later how you like being there yourself." – My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby
  2. Nataly drew Colney Durance with her eyes to step beside her, on the descent to the terrace. – One of Our Conquerors, Complete by George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009
  3. The unfortunate Mr. Benjamin had been sent back in durance vile from Vienna, and was present in the court. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope