UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈlɑːns/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/læns/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling'lance': (lans, läns); 'Lance': (lans)

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]
  1. Militarya long wooden shaft with a pointed metal head, esp. one used by a knight.
  2. Militarylancer.
  3. lancet.

v. [+ object]
  1. to open or pierce with or as if with a lancet:The nurse lanced the boil.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lance1  (lans, läns),USA pronunciation n., v.,  lanced, lanc•ing. 
  1. Militarya long wooden shaft with a pointed metal head, used as a weapon by knights and cavalry soldiers in charging.
  2. Militarya cavalry soldier armed with such a weapon;
  3. Militaryan implement resembling the weapon, as a spear for killing a harpooned whale.
  4. 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.
  5. a lancet.
  6. BuildingSee  oxygen lance. 
  7. [Mach.]
    • 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.

  1. to open with or as if with a lancet.
  2. to pierce with a lance.
  3. Buildingto cut through (concrete or the like) with an oxygen lance.
lancelike′, adj. 
  • Celtic)
  • Latin lancea (perh.
  • Old French lance
  • Middle English launce 1250–1300

lance2  (lans, läns),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. FishSee  sand lance. 
  • perh. special use of lance1, from its shape

Lance  (lans),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a male given name.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
lance /lɑːns/ n
  1. a long weapon with a pointed head used by horsemen to unhorse or injure an opponent
  2. a similar weapon used for hunting, whaling, etc
  3. another name for lancet
vb (transitive)
  1. to pierce (an abscess or boil) with a lancet to drain off pus
  2. to pierce with or as if with a lance
Etymology: 13th Century launce, from Old French lance, from Latin lancea
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