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English Dictionary: Hanse by the DICT Development Group
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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Hanse \Hanse\, n. [Cf. F. anse handle, anse de panier surbased
      arch, flat arch, vault, and E. haunch hip.] (Arch.)
      That part of an elliptical or many-centered arch which has
      the shorter radius and immediately adjoins the impost.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Hanse \Hanse\, n. [G. hanse, or F. hanse (from German), OHG. &
      Goth. hansa; akin to AS. h[?]s band, troop.]
      An association; a league or confederacy.
  
      {Hanse towns} (Hist.), certain commercial cities in Germany
            which associated themselves for the protection and
            enlarging of their commerce. The confederacy, called also
            {Hansa} and {Hanseatic league}, held its first diet in
            1260, and was maintained for nearly four hundred years. At
            one time the league comprised eighty-five cities. Its
            remnants, L[81]beck, Hamburg, and Bremen, are {free
            cities}, and are still frequently called Hanse towns.
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