Stink-fire lance
Lance Lance (l[a^]ns), n. [OE. lance, F. lance, fr. L. lancea; cf. Gr. lo`gchh. Cf. {Launch}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

A braver soldier never couched lance. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer. [1913 Webster]

3. (Founding) A small iron rod which suspends the core of the mold in casting a shell. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mil.) An instrument which conveys the charge of a piece of ordnance and forces it home. [1913 Webster]

5. (Pyrotech.) One of the small paper cases filled with combustible composition, which mark the outlines of a figure. [1913 Webster]

6. (Med.) A lancet. [PJC]

{Free lance}, in the Middle Ages, and subsequently, a knight or roving soldier, who was free to engage for any state or commander that purchased his services; hence, a person who assails institutions or opinions on his own responsibility without regard to party lines or deference to authority. See also {freelance}, n. and a., and {freelancer}.

{Lance bucket} (Cavalry), a socket attached to a saddle or stirrup strap, in which to rest the but of a lance.

{Lance corporal}, same as {Lancepesade}.

{Lance knight}, a lansquenet. --B. Jonson.

{Lance snake} (Zo["o]l.), the fer-de-lance.

{Stink-fire lance} (Mil.), a kind of fuse filled with a composition which burns with a suffocating odor; -- used in the counter operations of miners.

{To break a lance}, to engage in a tilt or contest. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Stink-fire lance — Stink Stink, n. [AS. stinc.] A strong, offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench. [1913 Webster] {Fire stink}. See under {Fire}. {Stink fire lance}. See under {Lance}. {Stink rat} (Zo[ o]l.), the musk turtle. [Local, U.S.] {Stink shad} (Zo[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Fire stink — Stink Stink, n. [AS. stinc.] A strong, offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench. [1913 Webster] {Fire stink}. See under {Fire}. {Stink fire lance}. See under {Lance}. {Stink rat} (Zo[ o]l.), the musk turtle. [Local, U.S.] {Stink shad} (Zo[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stink — Stink, n. [AS. stinc.] A strong, offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench. [1913 Webster] {Fire stink}. See under {Fire}. {Stink fire lance}. See under {Lance}. {Stink rat} (Zo[ o]l.), the musk turtle. [Local, U.S.] {Stink shad} (Zo[ o]l.),… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stink rat — Stink Stink, n. [AS. stinc.] A strong, offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench. [1913 Webster] {Fire stink}. See under {Fire}. {Stink fire lance}. See under {Lance}. {Stink rat} (Zo[ o]l.), the musk turtle. [Local, U.S.] {Stink shad} (Zo[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stink shad — Stink Stink, n. [AS. stinc.] A strong, offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench. [1913 Webster] {Fire stink}. See under {Fire}. {Stink fire lance}. See under {Lance}. {Stink rat} (Zo[ o]l.), the musk turtle. [Local, U.S.] {Stink shad} (Zo[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stink trap — Stink Stink, n. [AS. stinc.] A strong, offensive smell; a disgusting odor; a stench. [1913 Webster] {Fire stink}. See under {Fire}. {Stink fire lance}. See under {Lance}. {Stink rat} (Zo[ o]l.), the musk turtle. [Local, U.S.] {Stink shad} (Zo[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lance — (l[a^]ns), n. [OE. lance, F. lance, fr. L. lancea; cf. Gr. lo gchh. Cf. {Launch}.] 1. 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lance bucket — Lance Lance (l[a^]ns), n. [OE. lance, F. lance, fr. L. lancea; cf. Gr. lo gchh. Cf. {Launch}.] 1. 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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lance corporal — Lance Lance (l[a^]ns), n. [OE. lance, F. lance, fr. L. lancea; cf. Gr. lo gchh. Cf. {Launch}.] 1. 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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lance knight — Lance Lance (l[a^]ns), n. [OE. lance, F. lance, fr. L. lancea; cf. Gr. lo gchh. Cf. {Launch}.] 1. 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; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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