- Inflections of 'lance' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
lance1 /læns/USA pronunciation
n., v., lanced, lanc•ing. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
v. [~ + object]
- Militarya long wooden shaft with a pointed metal head, esp. one used by a knight.
- to open or pierce with or as if with a lancet:The nurse lanced the boil.
(lans, läns),USA pronunciation n., v., lanced, lanc•ing. n.
- Militarya long wooden shaft with a pointed metal head, used as a weapon by knights and cavalry soldiers in charging.
- Militarya cavalry soldier armed with such a weapon;
- Militaryan implement resembling the weapon, as a spear for killing a harpooned whale.
- Military(cap.) a U.S. Army surface-to-surface rocket with a range of 47 mi. (75 km) and capable of carrying a tactical nuclear warhead.
- a lancet.
- BuildingSee oxygen lance.
- Mechanical Engineeringa tube having a nozzle for cleaning furnace walls and other inaccessible surfaces with air, water, or steam.
- Mechanical Engineeringa pipe for directing oxygen onto a heated metal object in order to burn a hole in it, the lance also being consumed so as to add to the heat.
- to open with or as if with a lancet.
- to pierce with a lance.
- Buildingto cut through (concrete or the like) with an oxygen lance.
(lans, läns),USA pronunciation n.
- Latin lancea (perh.
- Old French lance
- Middle English launce 1250–1300
- FishSee sand lance.
(lans),USA pronunciation n.
- perh. special use of lance1, from its shape
- a male given name.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
lance /lɑːns/ n
- a long weapon with a pointed head used by horsemen to unhorse or injure an opponent
- a similar weapon used for hunting, whaling, etc
- another name for lancet
Etymology: 13th Century launce, from Old French lance, from Latin lancea
- to pierce (an abscess or boil) with a lancet to drain off pus
- to pierce with or as if with a lance
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