Adva'nce. n.s. [from to advance.]
- The act of coming forward.
All the foot were put into Abington, with a resolution to quit, or defend, the town, according to the manner of the enemy's advance towards it. Clarendon, b. viii.
So, like the sun's advance, your titles show;
Which, as he rises, does the warmer grow. Waller.
- A tendency to come forward to meet a lover; an act of invitation.
In vain are all the practis'd wiles,
In vain those eyes would love impart;
Not all th' advances, all the smiles,
Can move one unrelenting heart. Walsh.
His genius was below
The skill of ev'ry common beau;
Who, tho' he cannot spell, is wise
Enough to read a lady's eyes;
And will each accidental glance
Interpret for a kind advance. Swift's Miscell.
He has described the unworthy passion of the goddess Calypso, and the indecent advances she made to detain him from his own country. Pope's Odyssey, b. vii. notes.
- Progression; rise from one point to another.
Our Saviour raised the ruler's daughter, the widow's son, and Lazarus; the first of these, when she had just expired; the second, as he was carried to the grave on his bier; and the third, after he had been some time buried. And having, by these gradual advances, manifested his divine power, he at last exerted the highest and most glorious degree of it; and raised himself also by his own all-quickening virtue, and according to his own express prediction. Atterbury's Sermons.
Men of study and thought, that reason right, and are lovers of truth, do make no great advances in their discoveries of it. Locke of Human Understanding, § 3.
- Improvement; progress towards perfection.
The principle and object of the greatest importance in the world to the good of mankind, and for the advance and perfecting of human nature. Hale's Origin of Mankind.