• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hance (Naut) A sudden fall or break, as the fall of the fife rail down to the gangway.
    • Hance (Arch) See Hanse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hance To raise; elevate; increase; enhance.
    • n hance In architecture, same as haunch, 6: by older writers more especially applied to the lower part, above the springing, of three- and four- centered arches
    • n hance to a small arch by which a straight lintel is sometimes united to its jamb or impost.
    • n hance pl. Naut., falls of the fife-rails placed on balusters on the poop and quarterdeck down to the gangway.
    • n hance See hanse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hance hans (naut.) a curved rise from a lower to a higher part—sometimes Hanch, Haunch:
    • n Hance hans (archit.) the arc of smaller radius at the springing of an elliptical or many-centred arch—also Haunch.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Hanse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. hauce, haulce, rise.


In literature:

She's as like old Hance Dunbar as she kin be.
"Lodusky" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Miss Cullen was sitting on a rock apart from her brother and Hance, as I had asked her to do when I helped her dismount.
"The Great K. & A. Robbery" by Paul Liechester Ford
A sort of moulding usually made at the caps and bases of round pillars, to taper or hance the round part to the square.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Hanc et literis instruendam curavit, et omni musices genere doctam reddidit.
"A Book About Lawyers" by John Cordy Jeaffreson
Deiphilus hanc Graece scripsit.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
Hance, the guide, who has charge of the well, has made a path to the bottom.
"Our Italy" by Charles Dudley Warner
Hanc Plato adulatricem medicinae appellat.
"Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome" by Apicius
Deos deasque veneror, qui hanc urbem colunt, 2.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
The only one I know who has tried it is old Bill Hance; he can tell you all about it.
"Woodcraft and Camping" by George Washington Sears (Nessmuk)
Hance Claiborn, now, he was a-tellen me of one.
"Louisiana" by Frances Hodgson Burnett

In poetry:

IN all the towns and cities fair
On Merry England's broad expanse,
No swordsman ever could compare
"Thomas Winterbottom Hance" by William Schwenck Gilbert
HANCE had a mother, poor and old,
A simple, harmless village dame,
Who crowed and clapped as people told
Of WINTERBOTTOM'S rising fame.
"Thomas Winterbottom Hance" by William Schwenck Gilbert
A sunny spot in sunny France
Was hit upon for this affair;
The ground was picked by MRS. HANCE,
The stakes were pitched by MADAME PIERRE.
"Thomas Winterbottom Hance" by William Schwenck Gilbert
At HANCE'S doings every morn,
With sheer delight HIS mother cried;
And MONSIEUR PIERRE'S contemptuous scorn
Filled HIS mamma with proper pride.
"Thomas Winterbottom Hance" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Je scorn un foe si lache que vous,"
Said PIERRE, the doughty son of France.
"I fight not coward foe like you!"
Said our undaunted TOMMY HANCE.
"Thomas Winterbottom Hance" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Said MRS. HANCE, "Of course I shrinks
From bloodshed, ma'am, as you're aware,
But still they'd better meet, I thinks."
"Assurement!" said MADAME PIERRE.
"Thomas Winterbottom Hance" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Buddy Hance, left, chats Wednesday afternoon with Great Frederick Fair board members Clyde Crumb, center, and John Bell.
Hance shares Tech moves behind scenes during Big 12 storm.
Lubbock churches, student group find home at Texas Tech's Hance chapel.
Matthew Hance , whose award-winning science-fiction stories have been published in anthologies and e-zines, had just written a novel and was feeling mentally fatigued when he came up with the idea for a story about a memory-erasing service.
Jeffrey Hance (Johnson County Sheriff Department photo).
Johnson County Sheriff Doug Cox said Jeffrey Hance, 54, thought he was chatting with a teen, but he was not.
Tim Hudson has been hired as a vice chancellor with a focus on distance education and academic affairs, Texas Tech University System Chancellor Kent Hance announced Monday morning.
The city's eviction of HANC's recycling center could harm local businesses along with the gardeners and recyclers.
The community garden, native plant nursery, and recycling center at HANC have been ordered off the property by the city.
On Point with Chancellor Kent Hance.
Chancellor Kent Hance discusses D-Day .
Hance details hectic weeks of trying to save Big 12.
HANC challenges the city's eviction rationale by adding a community garden to its embattled recycling operation.
HANC has followed the city's idea of building community gardens.
N-Hance Wood Renewal Franchise Business.

In science:

We ran simulations with en hanced diffusion in the charged fluid that showed higher yields than in the case di = de .
Effects of turbulent diffusion on the chemistry of diffuse clouds
Hance Z b = 0, which shows that b is constant.
Canonical connections on paracontact manifolds
This means that for lc/l1 ≫ 1 the noise–induced TIP diffusion rate is strongly enIn the case of relatively strong hanced with respect to the non interacting one (D1 ).
Effect of noise for two interacting particles in a random potential
We also have the particle-hole symmetry which relates sectors | 0i ↔| 3i and | 1i ↔| 2i hance the analysis of the first two sectors is sufficient.
The study of SU(3) super Yang-Mills quantum mechanics
The particle-hole symmetry relates sectors with the same fermion number hance the eigenstates from these sectors do not cancel under the sum (3).
The study of SU(3) super Yang-Mills quantum mechanics