noun \ˈlan(t)s\

: a long, pointed weapon used in the past by knights riding on horses

Full Definition of LANCE

:  a steel-tipped spear carried by mounted knights or light cavalry
:  any of various sharp objects suggestive of a lance: as
a :  lancet
b :  a spear used for killing whales or fish
:  lancer 1b

Examples of LANCE

  1. <the lance struck squarely on the knight's shield, knocking him from his horse>

Origin of LANCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin lancea
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to LANCE



medical : to cut (an infected area on a person's skin) with a sharp tool so that pus will flow out


Full Definition of LANCE

transitive verb
a :  to pierce with or as if with a lance
b :  to open with or as if with a lancet <lance a boil>
:  to throw forward :  hurl
intransitive verb
:  to move forward quickly

Examples of LANCE

  1. He had the boil on his arm lanced.
  2. <doctors used to lance infected sores, so that they could drain clean>

Origin of LANCE

Middle English launcen, from Anglo-French lancer, from Late Latin lanceare, from Latin lancea
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with LANCE

May 23, 2015
debouch Hear it
to emerge or cause to emerge
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