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Definition of lance verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lance
    he / she / it lances
    past simple lanced
    -ing form lancing
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  1. 1[transitive] lance something to cut open an infected place on someone's body with a sharp knife in order to let out the pus (= a yellow substance produced by infection) to lance an abscess
  2. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of a pain) to move suddenly and quickly and be very sharp Pain lanced through his body.
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