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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Others used machetes to hack off spear and lance points, and then decapitate their foes. Scott Dalton, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 July 2022 Hunched over, incredulous, the apostle extends his hand as Christ pulls back his robe, revealing a lance wound left by a Roman soldier. Thomas Curwenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2022 But one day, Averill and his friends came across a lance in their path. Outside Online, 10 May 2020 Above the birdlike forefoot of a knight, Above Quixote’s birdlike lance. Osip Mandelstam, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 That leaves fine particles to coat stream and river bottoms where yellow lance mussels live and can eventually lead to declines in their population. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 Many gig workers are free-lance workers like designers, artists and writers. Bruce Rogers, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 The knights are not humans but New Zealand giraffe weevils, a species of beetle with a snout like a lance. New York Times, 13 Aug. 2021 Women are now eligible to serve as soldiers, lance corporals, corporals, sergeants, and staff sergeants. Fortune, 23 Feb. 2021 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 See More

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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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Last Updated

18 Jul 2022

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More Definitions for lance

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

lance

transitive verb
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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