from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or fact of continuing.
  • noun The time during which something exists or lasts; duration.
  • noun A continuation or sequel.
  • noun Law Postponement or adjournment to a future date.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A holding on, remaining, or abiding in a particular state, or in a course or series; permanence, as of habits, condition, or abode; a state of lasting; continuation; constancy; perseverance; duration.
  • noun Uninterrupted succession or continuation; indefinite prolongation; perpetuation.
  • noun Progression of time.
  • noun In law: The deferring of a trial or hearing, or the fixing of a future day for the parties to a suit to appear or to be heard. Specifically— In the United States, the deferring of a trial or suit from one stated term of the court to another.
  • noun Continuity; resistance to a separation of parts; a holding together; ductility.
  • noun Synonyms and Continuity, etc. See continuation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A holding on, or remaining in a particular state; permanence, as of condition, habits, abode, etc.; perseverance; constancy; duration; stay.
  • noun Uninterrupted succession; continuation; constant renewal; perpetuation; propagation.
  • noun obsolete A holding together; continuity.
  • noun The adjournment of the proceedings in a cause from one day, or from one stated term of a court, to another.
  • noun The entry of such adjournment and the grounds thereof on the record.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The action of continuing.
  • noun countable (law) An order issued by a court granting a postponement of a legal proceeding for a set period.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of continuing an activity without interruption
  • noun the property of enduring or continuing in time
  • noun the period of time during which something continues


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    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10214 1951

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    EXECUTIVE ORDER 10214 1951

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  • Elihu maintains that afflictions are to the godly disciplinary, in order to lead them to attain a higher moral worth, and that the reason for their continuance is not, as the friends asserted, on account of the sufferer's extraordinary guilt, but because the discipline has not yet attained its object, namely, to lend him to humble himself penitently before God (Isa 9: 13; Jer 5: 3).

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible 1871

  • Whether those lives were wasted, or whether their brave example was not worth more to the world than a few years more of continuance, is not the question here to be asked.

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