- 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.
verb (used with object), lanced, lanc·ing.
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Definition for lance (2 of 3)
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Definition for lance (3 of 3)
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|Aurora Snow|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"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.The Ice Bucket Challenge: Celebrities Promote ALS Awareness, Washboard Abs|Amy Zimmerman|August 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Mark McKinnon|July 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Merodach's column terminated in a lance head, and the head of a lion crowned that of Nergal.Myths of Babylonia and Assyria|Donald A. Mackenzie
Long-legged, long-necked, as straight as a lance, with head poised on the proud neck like a lily on its stem.The Man|Bram Stoker
Lance has been very steady since his accident, and I dare not think of his being thrown back into his reckless ways.
Courage, Madam, be not afraid to tilt a lance even with your own cook.The Second Thoughts of An Idle Fellow|Jerome K. Jerome
Lance and one or two others joined them when they reached the top.
British Dictionary definitions for lance
Word Origin for lance
Word Origin and History for lance (1 of 2)
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."