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
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:
- More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of hance
obsolete English hance, haunce lintel, from hance, haunce to raise, from Middle English hauncen, probably short for enhauncen
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up hance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).