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lance

1

[ lans, lahns ]

noun

  1. a long wooden shaft with a pointed metal head, used as a weapon by knights and cavalry soldiers in charging.
  2. a cavalry soldier armed with such a weapon; lancer.
  3. an implement resembling the weapon, as a spear for killing a harpooned whale.
  4. Lance, 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.
  5. a lancet.
  6. Machinery.
    1. a tube having a nozzle for cleaning furnace walls and other inaccessible surfaces with air, water, or steam.
    2. 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.


verb (used with object)

, lanced, lanc·ing.
  1. to open with or as if with a lancet.
  2. to pierce with a lance.
  3. to cut through (concrete or the like) with an oxygen lance.

lance

2

[ lans, lahns ]

Lance

3

[ lans ]

noun

  1. a male given name.

lance

/ lɑːns /

noun

  1. a long weapon with a pointed head used by horsemen to unhorse or injure an opponent
  2. a similar weapon used for hunting, whaling, etc
  3. surgery another name for lancet
  4. the sand lance See sand eel


verb

  1. to pierce (an abscess or boil) with a lancet to drain off pus
  2. to pierce with or as if with a lance
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Other Words From

  • lancelike adjective
  • un·lanced adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of lance1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English launce, lance, from Old French lance, from Latin lancea (perhaps from Celtic)

Origin of lance2

First recorded in 1620–30; perhaps special use of lance 1, from its shape
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Word History and Origins

Origin of lance1

C13 launce, from Old French lance, from Latin lancea
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Example Sentences

The next day, Greene staked out Lopez’s apartment by Madison Square Park, and he and Lance joked about how Remini looked in a press photo, trying to decide if she was pregnant or not.

Duke, who Lance calls “the possessive, often violent heiress” wasn’t at all pleased that Tirella was leaving.

For Lance, a Newport native, something about the case, “sat unsolved, like a stone in my shoe,” he writes.

That’s why Lance, who is more of a developmental prospect but with very impressive physical gifts, would make sense as the choice.

They could take Fields or Lance, but the problem with drafting a quarterback is that financially they are locked in to Matt Ryan for the next two years.

Crossover performer and Pervout.com owner Lance Hart avoids some of the increased risk his fellow colleagues face.

After Mia overdoses on heroin, Vincent brings her to the home of Lance and Jody.

"Ah, that trip with Lance," he said, then glanced down, with those melancholy eyes.

If you didn't think Lance Bass was having an awesome time being Lance Bass, then think again.

And all I really knew about you was what I heard through Lance, Inc.

Right over the stone marker, a long-shafted war-lance was carved—the blade pointing down.

Where sabre, lance, and bayonet, right soon would turn and flee!

Stop and try a ride, Billy, urged Lance Darby, holding the cord of the tugging kite.

She made so much noise that Lance grabbed at her and tried to put her out of the room, Topsy still barking furiously.

That was a great scheme you suggested about the kite the other day, Laura, declared Lance Darby.

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