American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. Perhaps; possibly.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. By chance; perhaps; peradventure.
- adv. by chance
- adv. through chance,
- Calque of Old French par cheance ("by luck, by casualty") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Anglo-Norman par chance : par, by (from Latin per; see per) + chance, chance (from Old French; see chance). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Obsolete has been keeping an eye on Alisher Usmanov Parental Guidance, unless Schillings have perchance added a short word beginning in c to their name?”
“Within a very little while, thou wilt be either ashes, or a sceletum; and a name perchance; and perchance, not so much as a name.”
“Shrewsbury, and if I told my name perchance it might travel back, and I was in no mind to have my mischances retailed in the town.”
“-- I am a man of the people, a man who acts, -- I _was_, I mean, -- not a man who thinks; and all your subtleties of word perchance entrap me.”
“If perchance a kasid or a chance traveler entered Santipur, the trick he had practised there would be immediately discovered; but if the messenger only touched at the places on the direct route on the other bank, he might hope that some time would elapse before the authorities there suspected that he had left the river.”
“May-time, that I shall never hold that dainty oval face in my hands again, shall look into those beautiful eyes no more, that all the intimacy of her person is now but a memory never to be renewed by actual presence -- in these moments of passionate memory one experiences real grief, a pang that never has found expression perchance except in”
“-- I am a man of the people, a man who acts, -- I was, I mean, -- not a man who thinks; and all your subtleties of word perchance entrap me.”
“On this morning of the Great Snow, perchance, which is still raging and chilling men's blood, I bear the muffled tone of their engine bell from out the fog bank of their chilled breath, which announces that the cars are coming, without long delay, notwithstanding the veto of a New England northeast snow-storm, and”
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“[Proust's passage] contrasts two ways of evoking the natural experience of summer and unambiguously states its preference for one of these ways over the other: the "necessary link" that unites the buzzing of the flies to the summer makes it a much more effective symbol than the tune heard "perchance" during the summer.”
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