[lans, lahns] /læns, lɑns/
a long wooden shaft with a pointed metal head, used as a weapon by knights and cavalry soldiers in charging.
a cavalry soldier armed with such a weapon; lancer.
an implement resembling the weapon, as a spear for killing a harpooned whale.
(initial capital letter) Military. a U.S. Army surface-to-surface rocket with a range of 47 miles (75 km) and capable of carrying a tactical nuclear warhead.
verb (used with object), lanced, lancing.
to open with or as if with a lancet.
to pierce with a lance.
to cut through (concrete or the like) with an .
a long weapon with a pointed head used by horsemen to unhorse or injure an opponent
a similar weapon used for hunting, whaling, etc
(surgery) another name for lancet
the sand lance See sand eel
to pierce (an abscess or boil) with a lancet to drain off pus
to pierce with or as if with a lance
late 13c. (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French lance (12c.), from Latin lancea “light spear, Spanish lance” (Italian lancia, Spanish lanza), possibly of Celt-Iberian origin. The French word spread into Germanic (cf. German Lanze, Middle Dutch lanse, Dutch lans, Danish landse). Lance corporal (1786) is from obsolete lancepesade “officer of lowest rank” (1570s), from Old Italian lancia spezzata “old soldier,” literally “broken lance.”
“to pierce with a lance,” c.1300, from Old French lancier, from Late Latin lanceare “wield a lance; pierce with a lance,” from lancea (see lance (n.)). The surgical sense (properly with reference to a lancet) is from late 15c. Related: Lanced; lancing.
See lancet. v. lanced, lanc·ing, lanc·es
To make an incision in, as with a lancet.
/læŋks/ abbreviation 1. Lancashire
noun 1. a person or firm engaged at a commission to obtain grants of public lands or to negotiate the buying and selling of private lands between two or more parties. 2. a government official in charge of the management of public lands. 3. British. the steward of an estate. noun 1. a person who […]
[land] /lænd/ noun 1. any part of the earth’s surface not covered by a body of water; the part of the earth’s surface occupied by continents and islands: Land was sighted from the crow’s nest. 2. an area of ground with reference to its nature or composition: arable land. 3. an area of ground with […]
/ˈlændəmən/ noun 1. (sometimes capital) the chairman of the governing council in any of several Swiss cantons