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LANCE, noun l'ans. [Latin lancea; Gr.]

A spear, an offensive weapon in form of a half pike, used by the ancients and thrown by the hand. It consisted of the shaft or handle, the wings and the dart.

LANCE, verb transitive

1. To pierce with a lance or with a sharp pointed instrument.

- Seized the due victim, and with fury lanc'd her back.

2. To pierce or cut; to open with a lancet; as, to lance a vein or an abscess.