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Etymology 1[edit]

See “enhance”.


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

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To raise, to elevate.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Lydgate to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

Anglo-Norman, from Old French haulce.


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.