A knight carrying a lance.
- The definition of a lance is a sharp weapon made from a long thin handle with a spearhead.
An example of a lance is what medieval horsemen used as weapons in jousting.
- Lance is defined as to attack or pierce, or to cut open.
An example of lance is a doctor cutting open a boil.
- a thrusting weapon consisting of a long wooden shaft with a sharp metal spearhead
- any sharp instrument resembling a lance, as a fish spear
- a surgical lancet
Origin of lanceOld French ; from Classical Latin lancea, light spear, lance, origin, originally Spanish lance ; from Celtic
- to attack or pierce with or as with a lance
- to cut open (a boil, etc.) with or as with a lancet
- a. A thrusting weapon with a long wooden shaft and a sharp metal head.b. A similar implement for spearing fish.
- A cavalry lancer.
- Medicine See lancet.
transitive verblanced, lanc·ing, lanc·es
- To pierce with a lance.
- Medicine To make a surgical incision in; cut into: lance a boil.
Origin of lanceMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin lancea, probably of Celtic origin.
- A weapon of war, consisting of a long shaft or handle and a steel blade or head; a spear carried by horsemen.
- A wooden spear, sometimes hollow, used in jousting or tilting, designed to shatter on impact with the opposing knight’s armour.
- (fishing) A spear or harpoon used by whalers and fishermen.
- (military) A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.
- (military) An instrument which conveys the charge of a piece of ordnance and forces it home.
- (founding) A small iron rod which suspends the core of the mold in casting a shell.
- (pyrotechnics) One of the small paper cases filled with combustible composition, which mark the outlines of a figure.
- (medicine) A lancet.
(third-person singular simple present lances, present participle lancing, simple past and past participle lanced)
From Old French lance, from Latin lancea.
The surname is derived from a medieval given name Lanzo, short form of names beginning with the Germanic element land "land".