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1 [lans, lahns]
a long wooden shaft with a pointed metal head, used as a weapon by knights and cavalry soldiers in charging.
a cavalry soldier armed with such a weapon; lancer.
an implement resembling the weapon, as a spear for killing a harpooned whale.
(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.
a lancet.
a tube having a nozzle for cleaning furnace walls and other inaccessible surfaces with air, water, or steam.
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.
to open with or as if with a lancet.
to pierce with a lance.
to cut through (concrete or the like) with an oxygen lance.

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

lancelike, adjective
unlanced, adjective
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lance (lɑːns)
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]

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Word Origin & History

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)
See lancet. v. lanced, lanc·ing, lanc·es
To make an incision in, as with a lancet.

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