Definition of hance
1 : a curved contour on a ship (as the fall of the fife rail to the deck)
2a (1) : the arc of minimum radius at the springing of an elliptical or similar arch (2) : the haunch of an arch b : a small arch joining a straight lintel to a jamb
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Origin and Etymology of hance
obsolete English hance, haunce lintel, from hance, haunce to raise, from Middle English hauncen, probably short for enhauncen — more at enhance
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