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 When demonstrating, the widow wields a rainbow flag like a lance and glares at passersby who fail to pick up a leaflet. Monika Rębała, The Christian Science Monitor, "Polish Grannies vs. the far-right: Europe's unlikely democracy defenders," 11 May 2020 Unlike Egyptian two-man chariots, the Hittite model could carry three people: the driver, a warrior armed with lances or bow and arrows, and a shield bearer. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 30 Apr. 2020 Bob Hohler | investigative reporter Rafael Nin is a fixer, a free lance security agent and guide, in the Dominican Republic. BostonGlobe.com, "I got the details later in the week, and the story ended up on the front page of the Globe.," 31 Dec. 2019 She comes home having been injured by the butt of a guard’s lance and dies a few days later. Christine Smallwood, Harper's Magazine, "Through Clenched Teeth," 30 Mar. 2020 Fought for 36 days over an apocalyptic landscape of blasted volcanic sand and rubble, the combatants used swords, pistols, rocks, rifle butts, and bamboo lances as the Marines tried to dislodge Japanese soldiers from warrens of bunkers and caves. Michael E. Ruane, Anchorage Daily News, "How a West Virginia farm boy became a fearsome warrior with a flamethrower at Iwo Jima," 19 Feb. 2020 Hermine Saunders is a free-lance writer about senior issues for the Carroll County Times. Hermine Saunders, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Saunders: Facing preparation for surgery can be formidable, agonizing," 8 Dec. 2019 Other theories suggest it improved vigi- lance or that longer necks provided an advantage to males fighting to win a mate. National Geographic, "Unique anatomy sets giraffe apart in the animal kingdom," 20 Sep. 2019 Hermine Saunders is a free-lance writer about senior issues for the Carroll County Times. Hermine Saunders, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Saunders: Facing preparation for surgery can be formidable, agonizing," 8 Dec. 2019 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, "‘The Exhibition of Persephone Q,’ by Jessi Jezewska Stevens: An Excerpt," 5 Mar. 2020 Brog next lanced various simulacra of common sense. Thomas Meaney, Harper's magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 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, "Through a Glass, Tearfully," 17 Jan. 2020 The jet lanced the side of the tanker; the impact was shattering. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, "Faulty Equipment, Lapsed Training, Repeated Warnings: How a Preventable Disaster Killed Six Marines," 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, "This 16th-century corsair was the most feared pirate of the Mediterranean," 8 Oct. 2019 In other words, Mr. Carlson is free-lancing for partisan purposes and the Senate should ignore him. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Another Kavanaugh Flakeout," 28 Sep. 2018 India’s problems of corruption and cronyism would be impossible to fix without first lancing the boil of . . Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘The Billionaire Raj’ Review: Gatsby on the Ganges," 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, "Before dawn, the streak of a missile across Damascus’ sky," 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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24 May 2020

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“Lance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lance. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for lance

lance

noun
How to pronounce lance (audio)

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)

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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