(Hance) v. t. [See Enhance.] To raise; to elevate. [Obs.] Lydgate.
(Hance Hanch) n. [See Hanse.]
1. (Arch.) See Hanse.
2. (Naut.) A sudden fall or break, as the fall of the fife rail down to the gangway.
(Hand) n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. hönd,
Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hinþan to seize (in comp.). Cf. Hunt.]
1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in man and monkeys, and the corresponding
part in many other animals; manus; paw. See Manus.
2. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand; as: (a) A limb of certain
animals, as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey. (b) An index or pointer
on a dial; as, the hour or minute hand of a clock.
3. A measure equal to a hand's breadth, four inches; a palm. Chiefly used in measuring the height of
4. Side; part; direction, either right or left.
On this hand and that hand, were hangings.Ex. xxxviii. 15.
The Protestants were then on the winning hand.Milton.
5. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
He had a great mind to try his hand at a Spectator.Addison.
6. Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.
To change the hand in carrying on the war.Clarendon.
Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by my hand.Judges vi. 36.
7. An agent; a servant, or laborer; a workman, trained or competent for special service or duty; a performer
more or less skillful; as, a deck hand; a farm hand; an old hand at speaking.
A dictionary containing a natural history requires too many hands, as well as too much time, ever to be
I was always reckoned a lively hand at a simile.Hazlitt.
8. Handwriting; style of penmanship; as, a good, bad, or running hand. Hence, a signature.
I say she never did invent this letter;Shak.
This is a man's invention and his hand.
Some writs require a judge's hand.Burril.