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Webster 1913 Edition


Continuance

Con-tin′u-ance

,
Noun.
[OF.
continuance
.]
1.
A holding on, or remaining in a particular state; permanence, as of condition, habits, abode, etc.; perseverance; constancy; duration; stay.
Great plagues, and of long
continuance
.
Deut. xxviii. 59.
Patient
continuance
in well-doing.
Rom. ii. 7.
2.
Uninterrupted succession; continuation; constant renewal; perpetuation; propagation.
The brute immediately regards his own preservation or the
continuance
of his species.
Addison.
3.
A holding together; continuity.
[Obs.]
Bacon.
4.
(Law)
(a)
The adjournment of the proceedings in a cause from one day, or from one stated term of a court, to another.
(b)
The entry of such adjournment and the grounds thereof on the record.

Webster 1828 Edition


Continuance

CONTINUANCE

,
Noun.
[See Continue.]
1.
A holding on or remaining in a particular state, or in a course or series. Applied to time, duration; a state of lasting; as the continuance of rain or fair weather for a day or week. Sensual pleasure is of short continuance.
2.
Perseverance; as, no excuse will justify a continuance in sin.
By patient continuance in well doing. Romans 2.
3.
Abode; residence; as, during our continuance in Paris.
4.
Succession uninterrupted; continuation; a prolonging of existence; as, the brute regards the continuance of his species.
5.
Progression of time.
In thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned. Psalm 139.
6.
In law, the deferring of a suit, or the giving of a day for the parties to a suit to appear. After issue or demurrer joined, as well as in some of the previous stages of proceeding, a day is continually given, and entered upon record, for the parties to appear on from time to time. The giving of this day is called a continuance.
7.
In the United States, the deferring of a trial or suit from one stated term of the court to another.
8.
Continuity; resistance to a separation of parts; a holding together. [Not used.]

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continuance

continuance

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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,
      [] the interview's continuance already had attracted observation from some topmen aloft and other sailors in the waist or further forward.
  2. (countable, law) An order issued by a court granting a postponement of a legal proceeding for a set period.

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