American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The hip, buttock, and upper thigh in humans and animals.
- n. The loin and leg of a four-footed animal, especially as used for food: a haunch of venison.
- n. Architecture Either of the sides of an arch, curving down from the apex to an impost.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fleshy part of the body, in men and quadrupeds, above the thigh, pertaining to each hipjoint and wing of the pelvis; the hip: as, a haunch of venison; the haunches of a horse.
- n. The coxa or basal joint of the legs in insects and spiders.
- n. The rear; the hind part.
- n. The jamb or upright post of a door. See jamb.
- n. In architecture, the middle part between the vertex or crown and the springing of an arch — sometimes used to include the spandrel or part of it; the flank. Also haunching.
- To throw, as a stone, from the hand by jerking it against the haunch.
- n. anatomy 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.
- n. The loin and leg of a quadruped, especially when used as food.
- n. architecture A squat vertical support structure.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The hip; the projecting region of the lateral parts of the pelvis and the hip joint; the hind part.
- n. Of meats: The leg and loin taken together.
- n. the hip and buttock and upper thigh in human beings
- n. the loin and leg of a quadruped
- From Middle English, from Old French, from a Germanic source, probably Frankish. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English haunche, from Old French hanche, from Frankish *hanka. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Considering she called me “Hyatt” when she phoned with the appointment time, my haunch is my name got messed up on the file, which subsequently was misfiled – another insignificant medical error.”
“The hip bones are large, irregularly shaped bones, very firm and strong, and are sometimes called the haunch bones or _ossa innominata_”
“The lettering in this figure is as follows: -- T, tenons; the small piece of the tenon lettered J is called the haunch, and the shaded portion H is cut away to allow the haunch J to fit the haunching of the stile.”
“The short portion (A) which is left on the tenon is called the haunch, and the cavity it engages is termed the haunching.”
“The haunch is the prime joint, its perfection depending on the greater or less depth of the fat on it.”
“Two old women were cutting meat off the haunch, meaning to dry it, and two young men, probably the ones who had stolen the horses, had caught another and were preparing to cut its throat.”
“Bring up the little bag with the tea and a kettle of water," he called the next instant to his boatmen; "not forgetting the haunch of cariboo and the mixing-pan.”
“Curiously, in Dreams, Obama also remembers seeing a boy sitting “on the back of a dumb-faced water buffalo, whipping its haunch with a stick of bamboo.””
“We'd seen the bike last week at the neighbor's, where it rested on its kick stand and all but swung its haunch in hipness.”
“Test for doneness by sticking an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of a rear haunch. 140 degrees is ideal if you like your pork medium-well and juicy.”
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