- 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
Examples from the Web for lancing
These are cases in which lancing the gums would do nothing but mischief.The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases
Charles West, M.D.
The whale, however, was lost, in consequence of cutting the line in the act of lancing him.The Arctic Whaleman
Well, with all his faults, Lancing was a man of high courage.
By nine o'clock Lancing had read in print how he had been cruelly betrayed.
Now, I conclude that Lancing did not fail to find his deceiver.
- 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 lancing
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.