lance

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[lans, lahns]
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noun

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


Origin of lance

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for lancing

lance

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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Word Origin and History for lancing

lance

n.

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."

lance

v.

"to pierce with a lance," c.1300, from Old French lancier, from Late Latin lanceare "wield a lance; pierce with a lance," from lancea (see lance (n.)). The surgical sense (properly with reference to a lancet) is from late 15c. Related: Lanced; lancing.

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lancing in Medicine

lance

[lăns]

n.

lancet

v.

To make an incision in, as with a lancet.
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