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lance

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[ lans, lahns ]
/ læns, lɑns /
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noun

verb (used with object), lanced, lanc·ing.

RELATED WORDS

gash, slice, prick, slash, incise, slit, cut, stab, gore, puncture, penetrate, bore

Nearby words

lancashire heeler, lancaster, lancaster sound, lancaster, john of, duke of bedford, lancastrian, lance, lance corporal, lance of courtesy, lance rest, lance sergeant, lancefield classification

Origin of lance

1
1250–1300; Middle English launce < Old French lance < Latin lancea (perhaps < Celtic)
Related formslance·like, adjectiveun·lanced, adjective

Definition for lance (2 of 3)

lance

2
[ lans, lahns ]
/ læns, lɑns /

noun

Origin of lance

2
perhaps special use of lance1, from its shape

Definition 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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Medicine definitions for lance

lance

[ lăns ]

n.

lancet

v.

To make an incision in, as with a lancet.
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