lance

noun
\ ˈlan(t)s How to pronounce lance (audio) \

Definition of lance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

lance

verb
lanced; lancing

Definition of lance (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to pierce with or as if with a lance
b : to open with or as if with a lancet lance a boil
2 : to throw forward : hurl

intransitive verb

: to move forward quickly

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Examples of lance in a Sentence

Noun the lance struck squarely on the knight's shield, knocking him from his horse Verb He had the boil on his arm lanced. doctors used to lance infected sores, so that they could drain clean
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Women are now eligible to serve as soldiers, lance corporals, corporals, sergeants, and staff sergeants. Fortune, 23 Feb. 2021 But in this award-winning photo, the flag wasn't unfurled, but unleashed as a lance against a Black man by enraged white youths protesting Boston's busing plan. Star Tribune, 15 Jan. 2021 The same deadline applies for a lot of 1099 forms for miscellaneous income, such as those covering free-lance work. Rich Exner, cleveland, 31 Dec. 2020 Garrett Johnston has covered 30 majors as a free lance writer for ten years. Garrett Johnston, Dallas News, 10 Nov. 2020 Prohibited items include intravenous bags, sharps (anything with a needle or lance), Epi-pens, patches, gels, medications in tubes and liquids. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 2 Nov. 2020 The fact that the woman was buried with what appeared to be a lance helped overturn scholars’ assumptions about gender in Viking society. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Oct. 2020 Echoes of the legend raise the question of whether the lance buried with the woman at Gerdrup was actually a sorceress’ staff. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Oct. 2020 Nuns harvest penises from trees in the lower margins of a manuscript of the Roman de la rose, and a naked man presents his behind to be pierced by a monkey’s lance beneath the prayers of the Rutland Psalter. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, 4 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The rumor was a man had died, he’d been caught beneath the rubble when lightning lanced the steeple. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2020 Brog next lanced various simulacra of common sense. Thomas Meaney, Harper's magazine, 20 Jan. 2020 My ex-partner used to poke me in the belly to create a metaphorical release, like lancing a boil. Maureen Stanton, Longreads, 17 Jan. 2020 The jet lanced the side of the tanker; the impact was shattering. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, 2 Jan. 2020 Oruç fled, only to be found hiding in a goat pen, where a Spanish soldier first lanced him and then beheaded him. National Geographic, 8 Oct. 2019 In other words, Mr. Carlson is free-lancing for partisan purposes and the Senate should ignore him. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 28 Sep. 2018 India’s problems of corruption and cronyism would be impossible to fix without first lancing the boil of . . Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 4 July 2018 But the second captured the moment: The streak of the missile, drawn out in the long exposure, lanced up into the night, another one further behind it. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lance

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for lance

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin lancea

Verb

Middle English launcen, from Anglo-French lancer, from Late Latin lanceare, from Latin lancea

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The first known use of lance was in the 14th century

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“Lance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lance. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for lance

lance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

lance

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lance (Entry 2 of 2)

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

lance

noun
\ ˈlans How to pronounce lance (audio) \

Kids Definition of lance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a weapon with a long handle and a sharp steel head used by knights on horseback

lance

verb
lanced; lancing

Kids Definition of lance (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut open with a small sharp instrument The doctor lanced the boil.

lance

noun
\ ˈlan(t)s How to pronounce lance (audio) \

Medical Definition of lance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: lancet
lanced; lancing

Medical Definition of lance (Entry 2 of 2)

: to open with or as if with a lancet : make an incision in or into lance a boil lance a vein

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