lance: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (lans, läns), [key]
— n., v., lanced, lanc•ing.
  1. a long wooden shaft with a pointed metal head, used as a weapon by knights and cavalry soldiers in charging.
  2. a cavalry soldier armed with such a weapon; lancer.
  3. an implement resembling the weapon, as a spear for killing a harpooned whale.
  4. (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. See
    1. a tube having a nozzle for cleaning furnace walls and other inaccessible surfaces with air, water, or steam.
    2. a 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. to cut through (concrete or the like) with an oxygen lance.


Pronunciation: (lans, läns), [key]
— n.
  1. See


Pronunciation: (lans), [key]
— n.
  1. a male given name.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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