|1.||a long weapon with a pointed head used by horsemen to unhorse or injure an opponent|
|2.||a similar weapon used for hunting, whaling, etc|
|3.||surgery another name for lancet|
|4.||See sand eel the sand lance|
|5.||to pierce (an abscess or boil) with a lancet to drain off pus|
|6.||to pierce with or as if with a lance|
|[C13 launce, from Old French lance, from Latin lancea]|
See lancet. v. lanced, lanc·ing, lanc·es
To make an incision in, as with a lancet.
spear used by cavalry for mounted combat. It usually consisted of a long wooden shaft with a sharp metal point. Its employment can be traced to the ancient Assyrians and Egyptians, and it was widely used by the Greeks and Romans, despite their lack of the stirrup, which did not appear until the 6th century AD
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