A weapon of war, consisting of a long shaft or handle and a steel blade or head; a spear carried by horsemen.
1590, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III, Act II, Scene III, line 15.
Thy brother’s blood the thirsty earth hath drunk, Broach’d with the steely point of Clifford’s lance...
1909, Charles Henry Ashdown, European Arms & Armor, page 65.
The head of the lance was commonly of the leaf form, and sometimes approached that of the lozenge; it was very seldom barbed, although this variety, together with the others, appears upon the Bayeux Tapestry.
A wooden spear, sometimes hollow, used in jousting or tilting, designed to shatter on impact with the opposing knight’s armour.
1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part I, Act III, Scene II, line 49.
What will you do, good greybeard? Break a lance, And run a-tilt at Death within a chair?
(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.
lance (third-person singular simple presentlances, present participlelancing, simple past and past participlelanced)
To pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon.
Seized the due victim, and with fury lanced Her back. Dryden.
To open with a lancet; to pierce
To throw in the manner of a lance; to lanch.
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Calne, Lenca, ancle, clane, clean
Homophones: lancent, lances
From Old Frenchlance, from Latinlancea.
a spear, lance
(military) a soldier armed with a lance; a lancer
fer de lance
See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.
first/third-person singular present indicative of lancer
first/third-person singular present subjunctive of lancer
second-person singular imperative of lancer
relance(form of verb relancer)
“lance” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).