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the hip and buttock and upper thigh in human beings
the loin and leg of a quadruped
The area encompassing the upper thigh, hip and buttocks on one side of a human, primate, or quadruped animal, especially one that is able to sit on its hindquarters.
The loin and leg of a quadruped, especially when used as food.
A squat vertical support structure.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: hancke, Dutch; hanche, French; anca, Italian.
Hail, groom! didst thou not see a bleeding hind,
Whose right haunch earst my stedfast arrow strake?
If thou didst, tell me. Fairy Queen, b. ii. cant. 3:.
To make a man able to teach his horse to stop and turn quick, and to rest on his haunches, is of use to a gentleman both in peace and war. John Locke.
O Westmorland, thou art a Summer bird,
Which ever in the haunch of Winter sings
The lifting up of day. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.
Squatting is a versatile posture where the weight of the body is on the feet but the knees and hips are bent. In contrast, sitting involves taking the weight of the body, at least in part, on the buttocks against the ground or a horizontal object. The angle between the legs when squatting can vary from zero to widely splayed out, flexibility permitting. Another variable may be the degree of forward tilt of the upper body from the hips. Squatting may be either full or partial. Crouching is usually considered to be synonymous with squatting. It is common to squat with one leg and kneel with the other leg. One or both heels may be up when squatting. Young children often instinctively squat. Among Chinese, Southeast Asian and Eastern European adults, squatting often takes the place of sitting or standing.
the hip; the projecting region of the lateral parts of the pelvis and the hip joint; the hind part
of meats: The leg and loin taken together; as, a haunch of venison
Etymology: [F. hanche, of German origin; cf. OD. hancke, hencke, and also OHG. ancha; prob. not akin to E. ankle.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hawnsh, n. the fleshy part of the hip and buttock: (Shak.) the hip, the hind-part, the rear: (archit.) the middle part between the vertex or crown and the springing of an arch.—adjs. Haunch′less; Haunch′y. [O. Fr. hanche; prob. Ger., Old High Ger. anchâ, leg.]
hawnsh, v.t. (prov.) to throw with an underhand movement.—n. a jerked underhand throw.
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
A sudden fall or break, as from the drifts forward and aft to the waist. The same as hance.
The numerical value of haunch in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of haunch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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