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]


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  • lance — [ lɑ̃s ] n. f. • XIe; lat. lancea, probablt o. celt. 1 ♦ Arme d hast à longue hampe terminée par un fer pointu. ⇒ javelot, pertuisane, 1. pique. Être tué d un coup de lance. Bois, manche d une lance. (Moyen Âge) Lance de combat, de tournoi.… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • lance — LANCE. s. f. Arme d hast, ou à long bois qui a un fer pointu & qui est fort grosse vers la poignée. Lance de combat. lance à fer emoulu. lance de jouste. lance de tournoy. mettre la lance en arrest. coucher la lance. baisser la lance. rompre une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • lance — Lance, f. penac. Est la piece des armes offensives que l homme d armes porte, laquelle est de bois en longueur de douze à quinze pieds, peu plus peu moins, grosse à l empoignure et au bas bout, et allant en amenuisant jusques au haut bout, qui… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Lance — ist: Familienname folgender Personen: Bert Lance (* 1931), US amerikanischer Bankmanager und Politiker George Lance (1802–1864), englischer Maler Leonard Lance (* 1952), US amerikanischer Politiker Sylvia Lance Harper (1895–19**), australische… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • lancé — lancé, ée (lan sé, sée) part. passé de lancer. 1°   Jeté avec la main. •   Un dard lancé d une main sûre, RAC. Phèdre, V, 6. 2°   Fig. Qui est dirigé contre, en parlant d un arrêt, décret, etc. •   La bulle d excommunication lancée contre ce… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • lance — 1. m. Acción y efecto de lanzar (ǁ arrojar). 2. Acción de echar la red para pescar. 3. Pesca que se saca de una vez. 4. Trance u ocasión crítica. 5. En el poema dramático, o en cualquier otro análogo, y en la novela, suceso, acontecimiento,… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • lance — sustantivo masculino 1. Acción o suceso interesante: En las películas de aventuras hay lances emocionantes. Es una novela aburrida, sin ningún lance divertido. Sinónimo: episodio. 2. Situación difícil: No sabía cómo salir de aquel lance, mientras …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • Lance — Lance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lanced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lancing}.] 1. To pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon. [1913 Webster] Seized the due victim, and with fury lanced Her back. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To open with a lancet; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lance — LÁNCE, lănci, s.f. Veche armă de atac, formată dintr o vergea lungă de lemn prevăzută cu un vârf metalic ascuţit; suliţă. – Din it. lancia. Trimis de LauraGellner, 17.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  LÁNCE s. v. suliţă. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007.… …   Dicționar Român

  • lance — [lans, läns] n. [OFr < L lancea, light spear, lance, orig. Spanish lance < Celt] 1. a thrusting weapon consisting of a long wooden shaft with a sharp metal spearhead 2. LANCER 3. any sharp instrument resembling a lance, as a fish spear 4. a …   English World dictionary

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