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What does duty mean?

Looking for the meaning or definition of the word duty? Here's what it means.

  1. That which one is morally or legally obligated to do.
  2. A period of time spent at work or doing a particular task.
  3. Describing a workload as to its idle, working and de-energized periods.
  4. A tax placed on imports or exports; a tariff, customs duty, excise duty.
  5. (obsolete) One's due, something one is owed; a debt or fee.
  6. (obsolete) Respect; reverence; regard; act of respect; homage.
  7. The efficiency of an engine, especially a steam pumping engine, as measured by work done by a certain quantity of fuel; usually, the number of pounds of water lifted one foot by one bushel of coal (94 lbs. old standard), or by 1 cwt. (112 lbs., England, or 100 lbs., United States).
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