(Lance), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lanced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Lancing ]
1. To pierce with a lance, or with any similar weapon.
Seized the due victim, and with fury lancedDryden.
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. See Lanch.
(Lance" fish`) (Zoöl.) A slender marine fish of the genus Ammodytes, especially Ammodytes
tobianus of the English coast; called also sand lance.
(Lance"gay`, Lance"gaye`) n. [OF. lancegaie, corrupted from the same source as E. assagai,
under the influence of F. lance lance. See Assagai.] A kind of spear anciently used. Its use was
prohibited by a statute of Richard II. Nares.
In his hand a launcegay,Chaucer.
A long sword by his side.
(Lance"let) n. [Lance + - let.] (Zoöl.) A small fishlike animal remarkable for the rudimentary
condition of its organs. It is the type of the class Leptocardia. See Amphioxus, Leptocardia.
(Lance"ly), a. Like a lance. [R.] Sir P. Sidney.
(Lan"ce*o*lar) a. [L. lanceola a little lance, dim. of lancea lance: cf. F. lancéolaire.] (Bot.)
(Lan"ce*o*late Lan"ce*o*la`ted) a. [L. lanceolatus: cf. F. lancéolé. See Lanceolar.] (Bot. &
Zoöl.) Rather narrow, tapering to a point at the apex, and sometimes at the base also; as, a lanceolate
(Lance`pe*sade") n. [F. lancepessade, lanspessade, anspessade, It. lancia spezzata
a broken lance or demilance, a demilance roan, a light horseman, bodyguard.] An assistant to a corporal; a
private performing the duties of a corporal; called also lance corporal.
(Lan"cer) n. [Cf. F. lancier.]
1. One who lances; one who carries a lance; especially, a member of a mounted body of men armed with
lances, attached to the cavalry service of some nations. Wilhelm.
2. A lancet. [Obs.]
3. pl. (Dancing) A set of quadrilles of a certain arrangement. [Written also lanciers.]