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lance

1
[ lans, lahns ]
/ læns, lɑns /
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noun
verb (used with object), lanced, lanc·ing.
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Origin of lance

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1250–1300; Middle English launce<Old French lance<Latin lancea (perhaps < Celtic)

OTHER WORDS FROM lance

lancelike, adjectiveun·lanced, adjective

Other definitions for lance (2 of 3)

lance2
[ lans, lahns ]
/ læns, lɑns /

noun

Origin of lance

2
Perhaps special use of lance1, from its shape

Other definitions for lance (3 of 3)

Lance
[ lans ]
/ læns /

noun
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for lance

lance
/ (lɑːns) /

noun
a long weapon with a pointed head used by horsemen to unhorse or injure an opponent
a similar weapon used for hunting, whaling, etc
surgery another name for lancet
the sand lanceSee sand eel
verb (tr)
to pierce (an abscess or boil) with a lancet to drain off pus
to pierce with or as if with a lance

Word Origin for lance

C13 launce, from Old French lance, from Latin lancea
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Medical definitions for lance

lance
[ lăns ]

n.
lancet
v.
To make an incision in, as with a lancet.
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