lance

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English[edit]

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Lance shape of an Egyptian bronze spear from Banha, 2nd millennium BC
Jousters with broken lances.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French lance, from Latin lancea.

Noun[edit]

lance (plural lances)

  1. A weapon of war, consisting of a long shaft or handle and a steel blade or head; a spear carried by horsemen.
  2. A wooden spear, sometimes hollow, used in jousting or tilting, designed to shatter on impact with the opposing knight’s armour.
  3. (fishing) A spear or harpoon used by whalers and fishermen.
  4. (military) A soldier armed with a lance; a lancer.
  5. (military) An instrument which conveys the charge of a piece of ordnance and forces it home.
  6. (founding) A small iron rod which suspends the core of the mold in casting a shell.
  7. (pyrotechnics) One of the small paper cases filled with combustible composition, which mark the outlines of a figure.
  8. (medicine) A lancet.

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Verb[edit]

lance (third-person singular simple present lances, present participle lancing, simple past and past participle lanced)

  1. To pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon.
    Seized the due victim, and with fury lanced Her back. Dryden.
  2. To open with a lancet; to pierce; as, to lance a vein or an abscess.
  3. To throw in the manner of a lance; to lanch.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French, from Latin lancea.

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Noun[edit]

lance f (plural lances)

  1. a spear, lance
  2. (military) a soldier armed with a lance; a lancer
  3. a hose

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lance

  1. first-person singular present indicative of lancer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of lancer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of lancer
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of lancer
  5. second-person singular imperative of lancer

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

lance f pl

  1. plural form of lancia

Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

lance f (plural lances)

  1. lance (weapon)
  2. lancer; lance

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin lancea

Noun[edit]

lance f (oblique plural lances, nominative singular lance, nominative plural lances)

  1. lance (weapon)

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

lance m (plural lances)

  1. throw (act of throwing something)
  2. bid (offer at an auction)
  3. (sports) a series of actions carried out during a game
  4. (informal) thing (only used for non-physical things)
  5. flight (series of stairs between landings)

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lance

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of lançar
    É importante que eu lance isso.
    It’s important that I throw this.
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of lançar
    É importante que ele lance isso.
    It’s important that he throws this.
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of lançar
    Você aí, lance isso sozinho.
    You there, throw this by yourself.
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of lançar
    Você aí, não lance isso sozinho.
    You there, don’t throw this by yourself.

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian lancia (18th century).

Noun[edit]

lance f (plural lănci)

  1. spear, lance

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Spanish[edit]

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lance

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of lanzar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of lanzar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of lanzar.