Part of speech:

Forming from adjectives in- ant, and also directly from verbs, nouns denoting action, quality, or state; as, abundance, forbearance.

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Usage examples "ance":

  1. It's plain ye cudna hae been muckle o' a gentleman ance, my lord; an' it seems ye're no muckle mair o' ane yet, for a' ye maun hae come throu' i' the meantime. - "Malcolm", George MacDonald.
  2. And the gentles'll ride him, may be, ance across the hillside, out and back. - "The Eustace Diamonds", Anthony Trollope.
  3. " She got oop and teukit an eagle's nest ance by Ballachulish," replied the boy; and readily enough he climbed from stone to stone, with the huge owl ceasing its preparation of its dinner and glaring down at him. - "Steve Young", George Manville Fenn.