• the Heavy Infantry of The Princes Of SiÛt, Armed With Lance and Buckler
    the Heavy Infantry of The Princes Of SiÛt, Armed With Lance and Buckler
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lance open by piercing with a lancet "lance a boil"
    • v lance pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight
    • v lance move quickly, as if by cutting one's way "Planes lanced towards the shore"
    • n lance a surgical knife with a pointed double-edged blade; used for punctures and small incisions
    • n lance a long pointed rod used as a tool or weapon
    • n lance an implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lance (Med) A lancet.
    • Lance (Founding) A small iron rod which suspends the core of the mold in casting a shell.
    • Lance A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.
    • Lance 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. "A braver soldier never couched lance ."
    • Lance (Mil) An instrument which conveys the charge of a piece of ordnance and forces it home.
    • Lance (Pyrotech) One of the small paper cases filled with combustible composition, which mark the outlines of a figure.
    • Lance To open with a lancet; to pierce; as, to lance a vein or an abscess.
    • Lance To pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon. "Seized the due victim, and with fury lanced Her back."
    • Lance To throw in the manner of a lance. See Lanch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lance A long spear used rather by couching and in the charge than for throwing; especially, the long spear of the middle ages, and of certain modern cavalry regiments in which the use of this arm is retained. The war-lance of the fourteenth century was about 16 feet long; that of modern times is from 8½ to 11 feet A small flag is usually attached to the shaft of the lance near the head.
    • n lance Any long and slender spear: applied loosely to weapons of savage tribes, etc.
    • n lance The instrument with which a whale is killed after being harpooned and tired out. Two kinds are used, the hand lance and the bomb-lance, the latter being the more effectual. A boat's outfit usually includes three hand-lances.
    • n lance In carpentry, a pointed blade, as that affixed to one side of a chipping-bit or router to sever the grain around the path of the tool. It is also used in certain crozes, gages, and planes.
    • n lance A pyrotechnic squib used for various purposes.
    • n lance An iron rod which is fixed across the earthen mold of a shell, and keeps it suspended in the air when the shell is cast. As soon as the shell is formed, this rod must be taken out with instruments made for that purpose. Wilhelm, Mil. Dict.
    • n lance One skilled in the use of the lance; a soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.
    • n lance In ichthyology, same as sand-lance.
    • lance To pierce with a lance, or with any sharp-pointed instrument.
    • lance To open with or as if with a lancet: as, to lance an abscess.
    • lance To throw in the manner of a javelin; launch.
    • lance To shoot forth as a lance.
    • lance To shoot or spring up.
    • lance To pierce.
    • n lance A balance.
    • n lance A pointed stick of light timber used for the erection of a temporary telegraph-or telephone-line: used especially in military operations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lance lans (Spens.) balance, poise.
    • n Lance lans a long shaft of wood, with a spear-head, and bearing a small flag: the bearer of a lance
    • v.t Lance to pierce with a lance: to open with a lancet
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  • Sir William
    Sir William
    “No other man-made device since the shields and lances of the ancient knights fulfills a man's ego like an automobile.”
  • Hippocrates
    “What medicines do not heal, the lance will; what the lance does not heal, fire will.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Wit is more often a shield than a lance.”
  • Robert Benchley
    Robert Benchley
    “The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lance, F. lance, fr,. L. lancea,; cf. Gr. lo`gchh. Cf. Launch


In literature:

But the only cure is a Khirgiz horse and a thousand lances.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
As lance after lance flew through the moving target, Manfred gave a low whistle of appreciation.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Lance began to chuckle.
"The Girls of Central High in Camp" by Gertrude W. Morrison
Lance Mordaunt generally had an object.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
But he never stays long, an' is generally tickled to death when some vig'lance committee so far reelents as to let him escape back.
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
The right shoulder, and it is sprung pretty badly, too, Cousin Lance says.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
Are you game to love Lance the way Lance loves you?
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
Once more he had given a deadly wound, and now he caught up his lance.
"Two Arrows" by William O. Stoddard
Lance shook his head.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
Indians with lances and with shields.
"The Flute of the Gods" by Marah Ellis Ryan

In poetry:

Potential and Subjunctive then
Came forth with doubt and chance:
All fell alike, with all their men,
Before Sir Hornbook's lance.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock
Upon whose hills, a bannered throng,
The spirits of the sun display
Their flashing lances day by day
And hear the sea's pacific song—
"Invocation" by Ambrose Bierce
Do not take away the rose,
the lance flower that you pluck,
the water that suddenly
bursts forth in joy,
the sudden wave
of silver born in you.
"Your Laughter" by Pablo Neruda
It was Vidrik Verlandson,
With his lance touch’d him on the knee;
“Wake up! wake up! now Langben the Jutt,
Thou sleepest full sound, I see.”
"Vidrik Verlandson (From The Old Danish) " by George Borrow
Now does he couch his quiv'ring lance,
And onward spur his nimble steed ;
Proud o'er the plain 'tis seen to prance,
As if to share the val'rous deed.
"Reginald The Brave" by Laura Sophia Temple
I sometimes forget, as she sweeps me a bow,
That I gaze on a simple English maid,
And I bend my head, as if to a queen
Who is courting my lance and blade.
"An Exotic" by Henry Timrod

In news:

Little Rock Engineers Dennis Davis, John Payne and Firefighters Lance Bradshaw and Brian Whitley.
Lance Shearer/Special to the Eagle.
Lance Pendleton returns to the Yankees after spending spring training with his hometown team.
Lance Pendleton worked a scoreless inning in his Astros debut, allowing one hit.
Lance Armstrong quits Livestrong entirely.
Solider Ride to Honor Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter.
Military officials say a Marine lance corporal based at Camp Lejeune has died in Afghanistan.
The Department of Defense announced Monday that 21-year-old Lance Cpl.
Marine Lance Corporal Killed In Afghanistan Is Buried In New Jersey.
Marine Lance Corporal Tyler Owen Griffin returned home to Voluntown, on Monday, April 12.
Lance Corporal Tyler Owen Griffin.
Jodi Rell ordered US and state flags to be flown at half-staff in memory of Marine Lance Corporal Tyler Owen Griffin of Voluntown.
Pictured here is US Marine Lance Corporal Trevor Hartsell 3/8 India Company.
Lance Corporal Terry C Wright, 21, of Camp Lejune, NC, formerly of Carrollton, died Sept 21, 2011, while on duty in Afghanistan.
Last week was a hard one as we learned of the sacrifice of White Swan resident and US Marine Lance Corporal Joe Jackson.

In science:

Lance, Hilbert C ∗ -modules—A toolkit for operator algebraists, London Math.
A simple C*-algebra with a finite and an infinite projection
Lance, Deux nouveaux facteurs de type II1 , Invent.
A simple C*-algebra with finite nuclear dimension which is not Z-stable
Multisensor surveil lance systems: The fusion perspective, Kluwer Academic Publishers. Gut, A. (1974) On the moments and limit distributions of some first passage times.
Low-rate renewal theory and efficient estimation using censored observations
We would also like to thank the referee, Lance Miller and Mordechai Katzman for an extremely careful reading of a previous draft of this paper, with numerous useful comments.
A survey of test ideals
Tugkan Batu, Lance Fortnow, Eldar Fischer, Ravi Kumar, Ronitt Rubinfeld, and Patrick White.
On the Power of Conditional Samples in Distribution Testing