What is lance?

  • (verb): Open by piercing with a lancet.
    Example: "Lance a boil"
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A lance is a pole weapon or spear designed to be used by a mounted warrior. The lance is longer, stouter and heavier than an infantry spear, and unsuited for throwing, or for rapid thrusting. Lances did not have tips designed to intentionally break off or bend, unlike many throwing weapons of the spear/javelin family. They were often equipped with a vamplate, a small circular plate to prevent the hand sliding up the shaft upon impact. Though perhaps most known as one of the foremost military and sporting weapons used by European knights, the use of lances was spread throughout the Old World wherever mounts were available. As a secondary weapon, lancers of the period also bore swords, maces or something else suited to close quarter battle, since the lance was often a one-use-per-engagement weapon; after the initial charge, the weapon was far too long, heavy and slow to be effectively used against opponents in a melee.

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More definitions of "lance":

  • (noun): A surgical knife with a pointed double-edged blade; used for punctures and small incisions.
    Synonyms: lancet
  • (noun): An implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish.
    Synonyms: spear, gig, fizgig, fishgig
  • (verb): Move quickly, as if by cutting one's way.
    Example: "Planes lanced towards the shore"
  • (noun): A long pointed rod used as a weapon.
    Synonyms: spear, shaft
  • (verb): Pierce with a lance, as in a knights' fight.

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