*v. i.**imp. & p.
p.*__Chanced__ (?); *p. pr. & vb.
n.*__Chancing__.] *chance*
daily." *Robynson (More's Utopia).*

If a bird's nestchanceto be before thee.

Deut. xxii. 6.

Ichancedon this letter.

Shak.

Often used impersonally; as, how *chances* it?

Howchance, thou art returned so soon?

Shak.

*adv.**Gray.*

*v. t.***1.***it* as object.

Come what will, I willchanceit.

W. D. Howells.

**2.***W. Lambarde.*

*n.**chance*, OF. *cheance*, fr. LL. *cadentia* a
allusion to the falling of the dice), fr. L. *cadere* to
fall; akin to Skr. *çad* to fall, L. *cedere* to
yield, E. *cede*. Cf. __Cadence__.] **1.**

It is strictly and philosophically true in nature and reason that there is no such thing aschanceor accident; it being evident that these words do not signify anything really existing, anything that is truly an agent or the cause of any event; but they signify merely men's ignorance of the real and immediate cause.

Samuel Clark.

Any society into whichchancemight throw him.

Macaulay.

That power

Which erring men callChance.

Milton.

**2.**

By chance a priest came down that way.

Luke x. 31.

**3.**

It was achancethat happened to us.

1 Sam. vi. 9.

The Knave of Diamonds tries his wily arts,

And wins (O shamefulchance!) the Queen of Hearts.

Pope.

I spake of most disastrouschance.

Shak.

**4.***chance* to escape; a *chance* for life; the
*chances* are all against him.

So weary with disasters, tugged with fortune.

That I would get my life on anychance,

To mend it, or be rid on 't

Shak.

**5.***(Math.)*

☞ The mathematical expression, of a *chance* is the
ratio of frequency with which an event happens in the long run.
If an event may happen in *a* ways and may fail in *b*
ways, and each of these *a* + *b* ways is equally
likely, the *chance*, or probability, that the event will
happen is measured by the fraction *a + b**chance*, or probability, that it will fail is
measured by *a + b*

**Chance comer****The last chance****The main
chance****Theory of
chances****Doctrine of chances***(Math.)*, **To mind one's
chances**

*a.*