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lance

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noun \ˈlan(t)s\

Simple Definition of lance

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

Full Definition of lance

  1. 1 :  a steel-tipped spear carried by mounted knights or light cavalry

  2. 2 :  any of various sharp objects suggestive of a lance: as a :  lancet b :  a spear used for killing whales or fish

  3. 3 :  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


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lance

verb

Simple Definition of 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

lancedlanc·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to pierce with or as if with a lance b :  to open with or as if with a lancet <lance a boil>

  3. 2 :  to throw forward :  hurl

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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



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