- a long wooden shaft with a pointed metal head, used as a weapon by knights and cavalry soldiers in charging.
- a cavalry soldier armed with such a weapon; lancer.
- an implement resembling the weapon, as a spear for killing a harpooned whale.
- (initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. Army surface-to-surface rocket with a range of 47 miles (75 km) and capable of carrying a tactical nuclear warhead.
- a lancet.
- oxygen lance.
- a tube having a nozzle for cleaning furnace walls and other inaccessible surfaces with air, water, or steam.
- a pipe for directing oxygen onto a heated metal object in order to burn a hole in it, the lance also being consumed so as to add to the heat.
- to open with or as if with a lancet.
- to pierce with a lance.
- to cut through (concrete or the like) with an oxygen lance.
Origin of lance1
Origin of lance2
- a male given name.
Examples from the Web for lance
Crossover performer and Pervout.com owner Lance Hart avoids some of the increased risk his fellow colleagues face.Risky Business or None of Your Business? Gay XXX Films and the Condom Question
November 1, 2014
After Mia overdoses on heroin, Vincent brings her to the home of Lance and Jody.The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary
October 19, 2014
"Ah, that trip with Lance," he said, then glanced down, with those melancholy eyes.When I Met Robin Williams in Afghanistan
August 20, 2014
If you didn't think Lance Bass was having an awesome time being Lance Bass, then think again.The Ice Bucket Challenge: Celebrities Promote ALS Awareness, Washboard Abs
August 11, 2014
And all I really knew about you was what I heard through Lance, Inc.I Pushed the Lance Armstrong Lie: An Open Letter to Greg LeMond
July 31, 2014
All admit or assert that the lance is in this warfare the better weapon.
The lance then gets in the way and has to be tied to the saddle.
And he can ride a horse and hold a lance, can he not, at any rate in your quarrel?
Fair on each shield struck a lance, and backward reeled their holders.
Straight at Peter's undefended face drove Morella's lance, but lo!
- to pierce (an abscess or boil) with a lancet to drain off pus
- to pierce with or as if with a lance
Word Origin and History for lance
late 13c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French lance (12c.), from Latin lancea "light spear, Spanish lance" (Italian lancia, Spanish lanza), possibly of Celt-Iberian origin. The French word spread into Germanic (cf. German Lanze, Middle Dutch lanse, Dutch lans, Danish landse). Lance corporal (1786) is from obsolete lancepesade "officer of lowest rank" (1570s), from Old Italian lancia spezzata "old soldier," literally "broken lance."
- To make an incision in, as with a lancet.