What does lance mean?

Definitions for lance
læns, lɑnslance

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lance.

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.

    Etymology: [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.

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

  2. lance(Noun)

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

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

  3. lance(Noun)

    A spear or harpoon used by whalers and fishermen.

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

  4. lance(Noun)

    A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.

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

  5. lance(Noun)

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

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

  6. lance(Noun)

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

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

  7. lance(Noun)

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

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

  8. lance(Noun)

    A lancet.

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

  9. lance(Verb)

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

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

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

  10. lance(Verb)

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

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

  11. lance(Verb)

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

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

  12. Lance(ProperNoun)

    A patronymic surname.

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

  13. Lance(ProperNoun)

    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.

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

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

  2. Lance(noun)

    a soldier armed with a lance; a lancer

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

  3. Lance(noun)

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

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

  4. Lance(noun)

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

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

  5. Lance(noun)

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

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

  6. Lance(verb)

    to pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon

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

  7. Lance(verb)

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

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

  8. Lance(verb)

    to throw in the manner of a lance. See Lanch

    Etymology: [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.

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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Numerology

  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. Aristophanes, Wasps, 422 B.C.:

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Moe Yan Naing:

    Police Brigadier General 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. Rudy Giuliani:

    I think I would get on my charger and go right into their offices with a lance if they go after Ivanka Trump.

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