- 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 [intransitive] + adv./prep. (of a pain) to move suddenly and quickly and be very sharp Pain lanced through his body.
NAmE//læns//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lance
he / she / it lances
past simple lanced
-ing form lancing