English

Definition of lance verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    lance

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
    jump to other results
  1. 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. 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of a pain) to move suddenly and quickly and be very sharp Pain lanced through his body.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French lance (noun), lancier (verb), from Latin lancea (noun).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lance