• A weapon of war, consisting of a long shaft or handle and a steel blade or head; a spear carried by horsemen.
  • (military) A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.
  • (pyrotechnics) One of the small paper cases filled with combustible composition, which mark the outlines of a figure.
  • (fishing) A spear or harpoon used by whalers and fishermen.
  • (founding) A small iron rod which suspends the core of the mold in casting a shell.
  • A wooden spear, sometimes hollow, used in jousting or tilting, designed to shatter on impact with the opposing knight’s armour.
  • (military) An instrument which conveys the charge of a piece of ordnance and forces it home.
  • (medicine) A lancet.


  • To throw in the manner of a lance; to lanch.
  • To open with a lancet; to pierce; as, to lance a vein or an abscess.
  • To pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon.

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

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