Dictionary.com

lance

1
[ lans, lahns ]
/ læns, lɑns /
Save This Word!

noun
verb (used with object), lanced, lanc·ing.
QUIZ
QUIZ YOURSELF ON “ITS” VS. “IT’S”!
Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between "it’s" and "its" in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 8
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of lance

1
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.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use lance in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for lance

lance
[ lăns ]

n.
lancet
v.
To make an incision in, as with a lancet.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK