- 1[transitive] lance something to cut open an infected place on somebody’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. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French lance (noun), lancier (verb), from Latin lancea (noun).
BrE BrE//lɑːns//; NAmE NAmE//læns//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lance
BrE BrE//lɑːns//; NAmE NAmE//læns//he / she / it lances
BrE BrE//ˈlɑːnsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlænsɪz//past simple lanced
BrE BrE//lɑːnst//; NAmE NAmE//lænst//past participle lanced
BrE BrE//lɑːnst//; NAmE NAmE//lænst//-ing form lancing
BrE BrE//ˈlɑːnsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈlænsɪŋ//