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haunch

1. the human hip or fleshy hindquarter of an animal, esp a horse or similar quadruped
2. Architect the part of an arch between the impost and the apex

Haunch

The middle part of an arch, between the springing point and the crown.

haunch

haunch: A, haunches of an arch
1. The middle part between the crown and the springing of an arch.
2. The part of a beam projecting beneath a roof slab or floor.
3. That portion of a pipe barrel extending from the bottom to the springline.
4. The lower third of the circumference of a pipe.
5. The deepened section of a beam near a support.
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The king, in the tempest of his wrath, hesitated, and drew back in the face of D'Artagnan's frank courage, just as a horse crouches on his haunches under the strong hand of a bold and experienced rider.
Slipping onto their haunches and sliding, the horses descended with their riders into the ravine.
Upright, his red beard forward, his forehead thrown back, his eyes on the thick foliage of the cherry-trees, his hands on his haunches, in an attitude of repose, easy, superb, he was like some youthful pagan god, gilded with red gold, on his way across the country--like Pan, if he chose to amuse himself by charming birds.
The cab-horse, who never slept long at a time, sat upon his haunches and watched the tiny piglets and the kitten with much approval.
Before the doorway the sentries sat upon their haunches, conversing in monotones.
In the stern was Mugambi, and just in front of him squatted Akut, while between Akut and Tarzan the twelve hairy apes sat upon their haunches, blinking dubiously this way and that, and now and then turning their eyes longingly back toward shore.
A great panther sat upon its haunches, looking down upon him.
Michael sat on his haunches, the length of his lower jaw resting on Daughtry's knee, the while his eyes dilated, contracted and glowed, his ears ever pricking and repricking to listen, his stump tail thumping ecstatically on the floor.
At such times, confronted by three sets of savage teeth, the young wolf stopped precipitately, throwing himself back on his haunches, with fore-legs stiff, mouth menacing, and mane bristling.
There's one, anyhow," replied the donkey, sitting upright on its haunches and waving a hoof toward Button-Bright.
Suddenly I saw a man almost under the animal's nose, and reined in with a jerk that came near setting the creature upon its haunches.
This the finest air drinking, With nostrils out-swelled like goblets, Lacking future, lacking remembrances Thus do I sit here, ye Friendly damsels dearly loved, And look at the palm-tree there, How it, to a dance-girl, like, Doth bow and bend and on its haunches bob, --One doth it too, when one view'th it long