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lance

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noun \ˈlan(t)s\

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: such asa :  lancetb :  a spear used for killing whales or fish

  3. 3 :  lancer 1b

Examples of lance in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples of lance from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of lance

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin lancea


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lance

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Definition of lance

lanced

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lancing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to pierce with or as if with a lanceb :  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 in a Sentence

  1. He had the boil on his arm lanced.

  2. doctors used to lance infected sores, so that they could drain clean

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Origin and Etymology of lance

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


LANCE Defined for English Language Learners

lance

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noun

Definition of lance for English Language Learners

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

lance

verb

Definition of lance for English Language Learners

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


LANCE Defined for Kids

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lance

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noun \ˈlans\

Definition of lance for Students

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


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lance

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verb

Definition of lance for Students

lanced

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lancing

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


Medical Dictionary

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lance

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noun \ˈlan(t)s\

Medical Definition of lance

  1. :  lancet


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lance

transitive verb

Medical Definition of lance

lanced

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lancing

  1. :  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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