What does the word duration mean?

Usage examples for duration

  1. On the recommendation of Mr. Huskisson, the duration of an ordinary government was limited to six years: special reasons withdrew Van Diemen's Land from the operation of this rule. – The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2) by John West
  2. My pleasure was, however, of shorter duration even than I anticipated. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston
  3. The abandonment was of short duration. – The First Seventeen Years: Virginia 1607-1624 by Charles E. Hatch