lance

1 [lans, lahns]
noun
1.
a long wooden shaft with a pointed metal head, used as a weapon by knights and cavalry soldiers in charging.
2.
a cavalry soldier armed with such a weapon; lancer.
3.
an implement resembling the weapon, as a spear for killing a harpooned whale.
4.
(initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. Army surface-to-surface rocket with a range of 47 miles (75 km) and capable of carrying a tactical nuclear warhead.
5.
a lancet.
7.
Machinery.
a.
a tube having a nozzle for cleaning furnace walls and other inaccessible surfaces with air, water, or steam.
b.
a pipe for directing oxygen onto a heated metal object in order to burn a hole in it, the lance also being consumed so as to add to the heat.
verb (used with object), lanced, lancing.
8.
to open with or as if with a lancet.
9.
to pierce with a lance.
10.
to cut through (concrete or the like) with an oxygen lance.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English launce < Old French lance < Latin lancea (perhaps < Celtic)

lancelike, adjective
unlanced, adjective
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lance

2 [lans, lahns]
noun

Origin:
perhaps special use of lance1, from its shape

Lance

[lans]
noun
a male given name.
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lance (lɑːns)
 
n
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
 
vb
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]

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lance
late 13c., from O.Fr. lance, from L. lancea "light spear" (It. lancia, Sp. lanza, Ger. Lanze), possibly of Celt-Iberian origin. The verb meaning "to pierce with a lance" is from c.1300; the surgical sense (properly with ref. to a lancet) is from late 15c. Lance corporal (1786)
is from obsolete lancepesade "officer of lowest rank" (1570s), from O.It. lancia spezzata "old soldier," lit. "broken lance."
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lance (lāns)
n.
See lancet. v. lanced, lanc·ing, lanc·es
To make an incision in, as with a lancet.

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LANCE definition


Local Area Network Controller for Ethernet.
The alternative name for the Am7990 integrated circuit used in a Filtabyte Ethernet controller card.
(1995-02-15)

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lance

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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In final fantasy iv, one of the characters, kain, uses a lance as his primary weapon.
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