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Webster 1828 Edition


Hance

HANCE

, HAUNCE, for enhance. [See Enhance.]

Definition 2022


Hance

Hance

See also: hance

English

Proper noun

Hance

  1. A patronymic surname.

hance

hance

See also: Hance

English

Verb

hance (third-person singular simple present hances, present participle hancing, simple past and past participle hanced)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To raise, to elevate.
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Etymology 2

Anglo-Norman, from Old French haulce.

Noun

hance (plural hances)

  1. A curve or arc, especially in architecture or in the design of a ship.
    • 1974, Guy Davenport, Tatlin!:
      He wears a minimal white cotton brief, and is pleased by the hance of its pouch, a catenary dip as he faces the mirror, the profile navicular and ostent.