- 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.
Origin of lance1
Related Words for lancinggash, slice, prick, slash, incise, slit, cut, stab, gore, puncture, penetrate, bore
Examples from the Web for lancing
Historical Examples of lancing
These are cases in which lancing the gums would do nothing but mischief.The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases
Charles West, M.D.
The whale, however, was lost, in consequence of cutting the line in the act of lancing him.The Arctic Whaleman
Well, with all his faults, Lancing was a man of high courage.
Now, I conclude that Lancing did not fail to find his deceiver.
By nine o'clock Lancing had read in print how he had been cruelly betrayed.
Word Origin for lance
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."