What does lance mean?

Definitions for lance
læns, lɑnslance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spear, lance, shaftnoun

    a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon

  2. spear, gig, fizgig, fishgig, lancenoun

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

  3. lancet, lanceverb

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

  4. lanceverb

    move quickly, as if by cutting one's way

    "Planes lanced towards the shore"

  5. lanceverb

    pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight

  6. lanceverb

    open by piercing with a lancet

    "lance a boil"


  1. Lancenoun

    (Med.) A lancet.


  1. lancenoun

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

  2. lancenoun

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

  3. lancenoun

    A spear or harpoon used by whalers and fishermen.

  4. lancenoun

    A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.

  5. lancenoun

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

  6. lancenoun

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

  7. lancenoun

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

  8. lancenoun

    A lancet.

  9. lanceverb

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

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

  10. lanceverb

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

  11. lanceverb

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

  12. Lancenoun

    A patronymic surname.

  13. Lancenoun

    A male given name from the Germanic languages, pet form of Lancelot or transferred use of the surname; by folk etymology associated with a lance.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LANCEnoun

    A long spear, which, in the heroick ages, seems to have been generally thrown from the hand, as by the Indians at this day. In later times the combatants thrust them against each other on horseback.

    Etymology: lance, French; lancea, Latin.

    He carried his lances which were strong, to give a lancely blow. Philip Sidney.

    Plate sin with gold,
    And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks:
    Arm it in rags, a pigmy’s straw doth pierce it. William Shakespeare.

    They shall hold the bow and the lance. Jer. l. 42.

  2. To Lanceverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    In fell motion,
    With his prepared sword he charges home
    My unprovided body, lanc’d my arm. William Shakespeare.

    In their cruel worship they lance themselves with knives. Joseph Glanvill, Scep. c. 16.

    Th’ infernal minister advanc’d,
    Seiz’d the due victim, and with fury lanc’d
    Her back, and piercing through her inmost heart,
    Drew backward. John Dryden, Theod. and Honoria.

    We do lance
    Diseases in our bodies. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    Fell sorrow’s tooth doth never rankle more
    Than when it bites, but lanceth not the sore. William Shakespeare.

    That differs as far from our usual severities, as the lancings of a physician do from the wounds of an adversary. D. of Pi.

    Lance the sore,
    And cut the head; for till the core is found
    The secret vice is fed. John Dryden, Georg. l. 691.

    The shepherd stands,
    And when the lancing knife requires his hands,
    Vain help, with idle pray’rs, from heav’n demands. Dry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lancenoun

    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. Lancenoun

    a soldier armed with a lance; a lancer

  3. Lancenoun

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

  4. Lancenoun

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

  5. Lancenoun

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

  6. Lanceverb

    to pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon

  7. Lanceverb

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

  8. Lanceverb

    to throw in the manner of a lance. See Lanch

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


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lance

    lans, n. (Spens.) balance, poise. [L. lanx, lancis, a dish or scale.]

  2. Lance

    lans, n. a long shaft of wood, with a spear-head, and bearing a small flag: the bearer of a lance.—v.t. to pierce with a lance: to open with a lancet.—ns. Lance′-cor′poral, a private soldier doing the duties of a corporal; Lance′let (see Amphioxus); Lan′cer, a light cavalry soldier armed with a lance: (pl.) a popular set of quadrilles, first in England about 1820: the music for such; Lance′-wood, a wood valuable for its strength and elasticity, brought chiefly from Jamaica, Guiana, &c.—adjs. Lancif′erous, bearing a lance; Lan′ciform, lance-shaped. [Fr.,—L. lancea; Gr. longchē, a lance.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. lance

    A weapon of war, consisting of a long shaft or handle, and metal point, now usually adorned with a small flag, and generally used by horsemen to transfix an enemy, but formerly used sometimes as a javelin. This offensive weapon was much used by the French in former times, particularly by that class of military gentlemen called chevaliers, and by the gendarmes. Before the reign of Philip de Valois, the chevaliers and gendarmes fought on foot, armed with lances only, both in battles and at sieges. On these occasions they shortened their lances, which were then said to be retaillees, or cut again.

  2. lance

    (Fr.). Means likewise an iron rod which is fixed across the earthen mold of a shell, and which keeps it suspended in the air when it is cast. As soon as the shell is formed, this rod must be broken, and carefully taken out with instruments made for that purpose. Shells ought to be scrupulously examined with respect to this article, as they could not be charged were the lance or any part of it to remain within. This is also the name of an instrument which conveys the charge of a piece of ordnance and forces it home to the bore.

  3. lance

    A soldier armed with a spear; a lancer.

  4. lance

    To pierce with a lance, or any similar weapon; to throw in the manner of a lance. See Lanch.

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  1. ancle, clane, clean

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lance in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of lance in a Sentence

  1. Quil Lance:

    Charleston County Mayor Joseph Riley said. What motivated the gunman is not yet clear, but his monstrous act took the lives of nine people who prayed, worked and struggled on behalf of their community and their church. Related ImageExpand / ContractSharonda Coleman-Singleton, was a speech therapist and girls ’ track and field team at Goose Creek High School. ( Courtesy : Charleston Post and Courier) Cynthia Hurd, 54, was a branch manger in the Charleston County Public Library -RRB- system, where Cynthia Hurd was so revered from a career spanning 31 years that all city branches were closed in Cynthia Hurd honor Thursday. Cynthia Hurd was a tireless servant of the community who spent Cynthia Hurd life helping residents, making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth, the library system said in a statement. Cynthia Hurd loss is incomprehensible, and we ask for prayers for Cynthia Hurd family, her co-workers, her church and this entire community as we come together to face this tragic loss. Related ImageExpand / ContractCynthia Hurd was a librarian who worshiped at the venerable church. ( Charleston County Public Library) Quil Lance had retired from Gaillard Center, a performance hall in Charleston County, and been serving as a custodian at the church where Quil Lance worshiped. As big a void as Quil Lance death leaves there, it left an even deeper one in the family Quil Lance held together with love and strength, Quil Lance grandson, Quil Lance, told the Charleston Post and Courier I ’m lost, I ’m lost, granny was the heart of the family. Related ImageExpand / ContractClementa Pinckney was a beloved pastor and respected lawmaker before he was gunned down in his own church Wednesday night. ( Grace Beahm/The Charleston Post and Courier via AP).

  2. Moe Vela:

    After I asked Lance Bass to join, Lance Bass took 20 minutes to call me back and said,' I'm in,'.

  3. Charles de LEUSSE:

    The V for victory has a shape of slingshot. (Le V de la victoire a une forme de lance-pierre.)

  4. Moe Yan Naing:

    Police Brigadier Tin Ko Ko gave the documents to Police Lance Corporal Naing Lin and told him to give them to Wa Lone and said that when Wa Lone comes out of the restaurant, the Htaunt Kyant regional police force has to entrap him and arrest him, police Brigadier General Tin Ko Ko told the police members, 'if you don't get Wa Lone, you will go to jail'.

  5. The Memphis Grizzlies:

    Most nights we're going to come away with a win playing that hard, we played against a very good team tonight, they played well. ... Lance (Stephenson) looked good. He adjusted really quickly. We kind of slimmed down the playbook a little book and just gave him three or four plays to remember and just let him play in space, he's good at that.

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    a state of irritation or annoyance
    • A. huff
    • B. caddie
    • C. aberrate
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