noun \ˈhan(t)s\

Definition of hance



  1. 1 :  a curved contour on a ship (as the fall of the fife rail to the deck)

  2. 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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