What does lance mean?

Definitions for lance
læns, lɑnslance

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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 knight's 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.

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. 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. Charles de LEUSSE:

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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