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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Hance  \Hance\,  Hanch  \Hanch\,  [See  {Hanse}.] 
  1.  (Arch.)  See  {Hanse}. 
  2.  (Naut.)  A  sudden  fall  or  break,  as  the  fall  of  the  fife 
  rail  down  to  the  gangway.