Definitions for lancelæns, lɑns

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spear, lance, shaft(noun)

    a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon

  2. spear, gig, fizgig, fishgig, lance(noun)

    an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish

  3. lancet, lance(verb)

    a surgical knife with a pointed double-edged blade; used for punctures and small incisions

  4. lance(verb)

    move quickly, as if by cutting one's way

    "Planes lanced towards the shore"

  5. lance(verb)

    pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight

  6. lance(verb)

    open by piercing with a lancet

    "lance a boil"

GCIDE

  1. Lance(n.)

    (Med.) A lancet.

  2. Origin: [OE. lance, F. lance, fr. L. lancea; cf. Gr. lo`gchh. Cf. Launch.]

Wiktionary

  1. lance(Noun)

    A weapon of war, consisting of a long shaft or handle and a steel blade or head; a spear carried by horsemen.

  2. lance(Noun)

    A wooden spear, sometimes hollow, used in jousting or tilting, designed to shatter on impact with the opposing knightu2019s armour.

  3. lance(Noun)

    A spear or harpoon used by whalers and fishermen.

  4. lance(Noun)

    A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.

  5. lance(Noun)

    An instrument which conveys the charge of a piece of ordnance and forces it home.

  6. lance(Noun)

    A small iron rod which suspends the core of the mold in casting a shell.

  7. lance(Noun)

    One of the small paper cases filled with combustible composition, which mark the outlines of a figure.

  8. lance(Noun)

    A lancet.

  9. lance(Verb)

    To pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon.

    Seized the due victim, and with fury lanced Her back. Dryden.

  10. lance(Verb)

    To open with a lancet; to pierce; as, to lance a vein or an abscess.

  11. lance(Verb)

    To throw in the manner of a lance; to lanch.

  12. Lance(ProperNoun)

    , pet form of Lancelot or transferred use of the surname; by folk etymology associated with a lance.

  13. Origin: The surname is derived from a medieval given name Lanzo, short form of names beginning with the element land "land".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lance(noun)

    a weapon of war, consisting of a long shaft or handle and a steel blade or head; a spear carried by horsemen, and often decorated with a small flag; also, a spear or harpoon used by whalers and fishermen

  2. Lance(noun)

    a soldier armed with a lance; a lancer

  3. Lance(noun)

    a small iron rod which suspends the core of the mold in casting a shell

  4. Lance(noun)

    an instrument which conveys the charge of a piece of ordnance and forces it home

  5. Lance(noun)

    one of the small paper cases filled with combustible composition, which mark the outlines of a figure

  6. Lance(verb)

    to pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon

  7. Lance(verb)

    to open with a lancet; to pierce; as, to lance a vein or an abscess

  8. Lance(verb)

    to throw in the manner of a lance. See Lanch

  9. Origin: [OE. lance, F. lance, fr. L. lancea; cf. Gr. lo`gchh. Cf. Launch.]

Freebase

  1. Lance

    A lance is a pole weapon or spear designed to be used by a mounted warrior. The lance is longer, stouter and heavier than an infantry spear, and unsuited for throwing, or for rapid thrusting. Lances did not have tips designed to intentionally break off or bend, unlike many throwing weapons of the spear/javelin family. They were often equipped with a vamplate, a small circular plate to prevent the hand sliding up the shaft upon impact. Though perhaps most known as one of the foremost military and sporting weapons used by European knights, the use of lances was spread throughout the Old World wherever mounts were available. As a secondary weapon, lancers of the period also bore swords, maces or something else suited to hand-to-hand combat, since the lance was often a one-use-per-engagement weapon; assuming the lance survived the initial impact intact, it was usually far too long, heavy and slow to be effectively used against opponents in a melee.

Anagrams for lance »

  1. ancle, clane, clean

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Frantz Fanos:

    For violence, like Achilles' lance, can heal the wounds it has inflicted.

  2. Robert Benchley:

    The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    The more you stand aloof from the sword, from the arrow, from the lance and from the fist, the more you become civilised!

  4. Brian Cookson in March:

    Lance would be well advised not to take part in that, i'm sure Geoff Thomas means well but frankly I think that's completely inappropriate.

  5. Aristophanes:

    This is what extremely grieves us, that a man who never fought Should contrive our fees to pilfer, on who for his native land Never to this day had oar, or lance, or blister in his hand.

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