Definitions of lance

  1. To pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon.
  2. To open with a lancet; to pierce; as, to lance a vein or an abscess.
  3. To throw in the manner of a lance. See Lanch.
  4. To pierce with a lance; cut with a lancet, or surgeon's knife.
  5. To pierce with a lance: to open with a lancet.
  6. To pierce with a lance or lancet.
  7. To pierce with a lance or a lancet.
  8. open by piercing with a lancet, as of a boil
  9. pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight
  10. To pierce with a lance or a sharp- pointed instrument; to open with a lancet.
  11. an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
  12. a surgical knife with a pointed double- edged blade; used for punctures and small incisions
  13. open by piercing with a lancet; " lance a boil"
  14. A weapon of war, consisting of a long shaft or handle and a steel blade or head; a spear carried by horsemen, and often decorated with a small flag; also, a spear or harpoon used by whalers and fishermen.
  15. A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.
  16. A small iron rod which suspends the core of the mold in casting a shell.
  17. An instrument which conveys the charge of a piece of ordnance and forces it home.
  18. One of the small paper cases filled with combustible composition, which mark the outlines of a figure.
  19. A shaft of wood with a spear head.
  20. A long shaft of wood, with a spear- head, and bearing a small flag.
  21. A long spear.
  22. A spear; a bearer of a lance.
  23. A spear; an offensive weapon with a wooden shaft and a sharp steel point; a lancer.
  24. A long shaft of wood with a spearhead, originally thrown, but in later times used for thrusting at each other, by combatants.